ITIs have become hubs for skills development and training

Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) provide industrial training to class X and XII freshmen. With an ITI degree or diploma, students can work as machinists, welders, fitters, wiremen and technicians, and with decent work experience they can also be hired as technical floor managers.

Thanks to the industrial partnership model and the well-equipped industrial laboratories, the technical proficiency among students was phenomenal.

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ITI Cuttack followed by ITI Barbil and ITI Bhubaneswar create a multi-edge skilled workforce. With more than 45 ITI colleges and private government institutes in Odisha, the state has become the center for innovation and skills.

Knock down obstacles

In the early years, students were offered low salaries because they were not equipped with Industry 4.0 skills. In the past, employers trained students during the first one or two years of the job on the shop floor. To bridge the gap between education and talent, ITI Cuttack has created a new curriculum mapped with the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) syllabus. As a result, students were trained in the latest technologies. Students are trained to repair or diagnose problems in machines and tools used in drone pilots, mechatronics, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, additive manufacturing, and robotic welding.

New age technologies like IoT smart city, IoT smart farming, IoT smart healthcare are integrated in the curriculum of ITI Bhubaneswar. The step has been taken to enable students to understand the basics of these emerging technologies.

Collaborate with industries

To update the technical skills of the students, a state-of-the-art training facility and industrial labs are required on the campus. To fund the same, several ITIs enter into industrial contracts and sign MoUs with multinational corporations. As part of this, three mini tool rooms were commissioned at ITI Cuttack in collaboration with Central Tool-Training Center (CTTC), Bhubaneswar. BharatBenz, a vehicle manufacturing company, will set up an industrial lab at ITI Cuttack and install Rs 12 crores worth of new-age equipment.

The Institute has also collaborated with Toyota Kirloskar, Tata Motors, Honda Scooters, EdgeFX Technologies, SMC Pneumatics, Mitutoyo, Schneider Electric, Phillips Machine Tools, IG Drones, NDT-TCIS, John-Bean, Skyy Rider Electric, IASC-Sector Skill Council etc. The collaboration will help produce futuristic mechanical tools.

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Several ITI students were posted to prominent companies such as Tata Aerospace, Odisha Power Transmission Corporation (OPTCL), JMS Mining, Schneider Electrical and Jindal Power Corporation with an average salary of Rs 4-5 lakhs per year.

(The author is director of ITI Cuttack)

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