Chandigarh, May 2 (UNI) The Haryana government today clarified that it had involved leading corporate houses to upgrade the quality of training in various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state and this should not be construed as a step towards their privatisation.
''The main objective of entering into MoUs by the Haryana Government with leading corporate houses of the region is to improve and upgrade the quality of training being imparted in various ITIs,'' said a spokesman for the Industrial Training and Vocational Education Department. The move, he said, was intended to strengthen the existing ITIs and put them on the road to become world class institutes. ''This is in no way a step towards the privatisation of the institutes as is being alleged by some vested interests.'' He said the department was set to actualise a 'Public Private Partnership' model wherein the expertise and the core-competence of private sector would be harnessed for upgrading the quality of training.
The spokesman further clarified that the property of ITIs was not being handed over to private persons, no fees was being increased or stipend being decreased.
''None of the existing employee is being retrenched and the service conditions of the existing employees will remain the same and, therefore, there is no reason for any alarm for the trainees as well as the organisational set up of ITIs in the state, he said.
He said that in order to vest the local Institute Management Committee with more autonomy and better authority, societies headed by Deputy Commissioners were being registered, which were expected to facilitate day to day working and help in improving the efficiency of the institutes.
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