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Certification board for ITIs soon: Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy

The central government is in process of setting up of a central board on the lines of the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) to give certification to students completed courses from Industrial Training Institutes, Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Wednesday.

Rudy said that 3.2 million ITI students will get certification equal to provided by others education boards like CBSE and Indian School Certificate Examinations.

A process of self-grading of 5200 ITIs across the country has already been completed and now ministry will send independent auditor to assess it. Based on the assessment, 500 top ITIs will be selected and they will be developed as model institutes for vocational training.

The minister said that there is a huge demand for skilled workforce but Centre is finding it difficult to train as many people in accordance with the requirement of the industry.

“Ideally such basic skills should be imparted at the school level itself but since it did not happen, it is being taken up separately by the Government,” he said while speaking about progress made by his ministry in last two years.

Emphasising that it took India 68 years to realise the importance of developing skills, the minister said: “Though previously attempts were made to add skills and vocations to education but it did not actually take off and I very reluctantly say this that education had a bias against skills which was not given due importance.”