Technical Education Minister Narinder Bragta disclosed that 33 Government ITI’s were being upgraded under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode in the State. A provision of Rs. 41.25 Crore has been made for upgradation of infrastructure, procurement of equipment & civil works in these ITI’s, out of which Rs. 23.59 Crore had so far been spent.

Narinder Bragta was presiding over a meeting of the Chairpersons of the Institute Management Committees (IMC) and the Principals of Government ITI’s to review the progress of the various schemes being implemented by the Department of Technical Education, here today.

While expressing gratitude towards Chief Minister, he said that the Department had made tremendous progress during the last four years and there had been an exponential growth in the field of Technical Education. He said that besides Technical University, IIT and NIFT, 17 Engineering Colleges, 13 B. Pharmacy Colleges, 30 Polytechnics and 206 ITIs were working in the State at present. An Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), 2 Engineering Colleges, 5 Polytechnics and 1 IIT had been proposed to be established during the current year in the State. He said that at present 22000 students were pursuing Technical Education in these Institutions.

Bragta said that 11 ITI’s have been covered under the Vocational Training Improvement Programme (VTIP) for which an amount of Rs. 32.50 Crore had been spent. An amount of Rs. 5.61 Crore has also been allocated under the Modular Employable Skills Schemes (MES) and 14,500 persons had been given training under the Scheme by spending an amount of Rs. 3.05 Crore.

The Minister disclosed that ITI Solan had been selected for the National Award on Education Excellence for the year 2012. He congratulated the staff over this achievement. Additional Chief Secretary (Technical Education) S. K. Dash, Special Secretary (Technical Education) J. C. Chauhan, Director Technical Education Vijay Chandan and other senior officers of the department were also present in the meeting.