State to set up ITIs along Nagpur-Mum expressway

Mumbai : In line with Government of India’s ‘Skill India’ initiative, the Maharashtra government has decided to give a push to setting up of additional Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state. The state government has decided to set up ITIs on the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communications Expressway. Senior government officials say the move is aimed to skill the people in the backward areas of the state through which the 706-km expressway will pass.

The Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway or the Maharashtra Prosperity Corridor comprises an 8-lane expressway with 23 townships that dot it, which navigate through 354 villages across the 10 districts of the state. “First concentration will be to establish ITIs and to create skills which are required for getting jobs in that particular area and not what we do everywhere,” said Radheshyam Mopalwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director. The ITIs will be built on the 23 townships that will come up on the expressway. ITIs are post-secondary schools across the country which provide technical training in various trades including tool & die maker, fitter, turner, machinist, electrician, wireman, motor vehicle mechanic, etc. The non-engineering trades include stenography, cutting & sewing, fruit & vegetable processing, etc.

A senior government official said, “The real objective of the Expressway is not about hi-speed travel, what is more significant is the agro-development in 20 districts. Along with that we want to skill the people of the backward and drought-hit areas. If not farming they can learn and get employment in the nodes.”  The hi-speed road will pass through backward and drought-hit districts of Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Wardha, Washim, Beed, Latur, Hingoli, Jalna, Nanded, Parbhani, Osmanabad and Nagpur rural.

This year the enrolment for courses at Maharashtra’s ITIs has gone up by 7 per cent. “This surge in enrolment is small, but it is an indicator. The demand for skilled labour in industries remains high and continues to fuel the popularity of vocational courses. This move of setting up ITIs in these areas will help create skilled labour and also get them employment,” a senior bureaucrat added.

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