JK: 'Centre of excellence' for ITI women

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Srinagar, Sep 12: With the help of central assistance, a new scheme of creation of 'centres of excellence' has been introduced in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) for women in Jammu and Kashmir. Infrastructural facilities for 9 women ITIs at Seer Hamdan, Pampore, Rohama, Lalpora, Bhalesa, Dharwari, Kalakote and Surinkote are meanwhile, being created on fast track at Rs 11.48 crore.

An official spokesman said on Friday, Sep 12 that a new scheme of creation of 'Centres of Excellence' in ITIs has been introduced and central assistance has been received by the institutional management committees to the extent of Rs 2.50 crore for each ITI.

Six such ITIs have been brought under the ambit of the scheme.

These ITIs are under construction at Samba, Udhampur, Kathua in Jammu region and Budgam, Ganderbal and Pulwama in Kashmir division.

Similarly, 12 women wings in existing ITIs in the state are getting infrastructural facilities at Rs 3.18 crore during the current fiscal.

Revival of a closed centrally sponsored scheme for the upgradation and strengthening of existing ITIs has been achieved and the main objective of the scheme has been to close the obsolete trades and introduce trades which have the market scope and demand.

Under the World Bank Scheme, 4 Government Polytechnics, 2 each in Srinagar and Jammu have been upgraded and modernised in terms of building like workshop blocks, residential accommodation, providing of hi-tech machinery and equipment in consultation with EDCIL in these institutions.

He said the World Bank project has also partly accommodated construction of 2 Polytechnics at Leh and Kargil.

Since the World Bank project has been closed by the end of June 2007, completion cost for finalisation of projects taken in hand have now been reflected under normal plan during 2007-09.

UNI

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