Pune :While the students are turning down the engineering courses which result in over 50 thousand seats remaining vacant every year, the situation for Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) courses is completely contrary in the state. As the intake capacity in the ITIs is 98,000 and the number of applications have been received is 2.30 lakh.
The reason behind the huge demand for ITI students as there is a great demand from industry for fitter, machinists, turners, and mechanics in diesel as well as in motor. All these courses are offered at ITI.
The State Joint Director of Vocational Education and Training, Chandrakant Ninale said that there is huge demand from the industry for ITI students and compare to engineering,the ITI courses are shorter and even economically feasible.
"A few years back, the situation was different as students were attracted to engineering and management courses and very few people used to come to ITI branch which is after SSC," he said.
He added that however lately due to economical slowdown, the opportunities in Engineering and Management branches saw a dip and even the fees structure for these engineering and management courses increased.
"Since now everybody wants quick jobs within short period of time, the ITI is the best option as compare to the fees of engineering and management, the fees are not that big and even students from economically weaker sections who want to pursue their career in technical field, drifting toward the ITI courses," he said.
He added that there are more than 50 subjects in which the training is offered to the students in two year course and the syllabus is designed on the basis of industry requirement.
Even the industries too prefer students from ITI as compare to engineering students, they do not have to offer big salary packages to these students.
The other reason why students prefer ITI courses is that those who want to go for engineering, they can get admission to second year after completing ITI and they do not have to clear class XII exam.
The total intake capacity for the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in the state : 98,065
The total applications received : 2.30 lakh.
Courses offered in ITI
Mechanic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Computer Operator & Programming Assistant
Desk Top Publishing Operator
Plastic Processing Operator
Operator Electronics Communication- System