18 ITIs to be upgraded into centres of excellence in 2008-09

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Chandigarh, Jun 24 (UNI) As many as 18 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in Haryana will be upgraded into centres of excellence during the year 2008-09.

Industrial Training and Vocational Education Minister AC Chaudhary said that these ITIs would be upgraded under a new scheme launched by the Centre for upgradation of government ITIs through public-private partnership.

Under the scheme an industry partner is associated with each ITI to lead the process of upgradation. An Institute Management Committee (IMC) is set up in the ITI with the industry partner or its representative as the chairperson and the principal of the ITI as the member secretary.

The IMC is registered as a society to grant administrative managerial, financial and academic autonomy to encourage adoption of innovative practices for skill building as per the requirement of user industry. However, the state government as the owner of the ITI continues to regulate admissions and fee.

Mr Chaudhary said that under the scheme interest free loan upto Rs 2.5 crore was given directly to the Society for upgradation of ITI by the Central Government.

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