ITIs in Bengal to have upgraded infrastructure
The state Technical Education department has taken up a major step in upgrading the ITIs. The project has been taken up with support from the World Bank.
A good number of ITIs are being selected for upgradation and the work has already started. It is learnt that in the first phase around 28 ITIs will be upgraded.
The upgradation of the ITIs includes setting up of smart class rooms along with high-speed internet connection which will ensure knowledge sharing through video conferencing.
It may be mentioned that in 2011 there were only 80 ITIs in the state where only 17,636 students used to get opportunity to undertake training every year. After the change of guard in the state, the Mamata Banerjee government has set up a total of 235 ITIs where 66,740 students can undertake different training courses.
Similarly, total number of polytechnic colleges has also increased. There were only 65 polytechnic colleges in the state in 2011 and now it has increased to 147 where 37,315 students can get admission in a year. Moreover, there are 289 advanced vocational training centres now in the state.