Mumbai: The application process for admissions to Industrial Training Institutes is in full swing with over 4 lakh candidates registering. Last year, there were 48 times more applicants than there were seats available for the ‘Electrician’ trade in the state’s (ITIs).

At the same time, there were trades such as ‘steward’ in which there are a large number of seats going vacant, there being no takers.

Data from Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) showed that 3,35,531 candidates applied to be electricians last year, while there were only 6,975 seats available in the state’s ITIs for this trade. The three years admission average for the trade was 99.74%.

Among the other trades seeing high demand were that of ‘fitter’ at 2,16,941 applications, ‘wireman’ at 1,41,939 applications, ‘mecha-nic diesel’ at 1,15,033 applications, ‘welder’ at 1,12,802 applications and ‘mechanic motor vehicle’ at 1,03,655 applications.

On the other hand, trades such as ‘steward’, ‘front office assistant’, ‘Hospital ho-use-keeping’, ‘baker and confectioner’ and ‘physiotherapy technician’ and ‘mason’ saw less demand. The three years admission average in these trades was less than 50%, the lowest demand being for ‘steward’ trade at 17.46%.

“There are trades which are being run in government ITIs with very few takers too, because if we decide to close them down, the teachers teaching these trades start creating an issue. The private ITIs, of course, will not run these kinds of trades at all,” said Yogesh Patil, deputy director, DVET of the state. “There are 12 trades in which totally 12,000 seats go vacant,” he added.

Out of the over 4 lakh registrations, only 2.5 lakh have confirmed their applications. To confirm, one has to go to the nearest ITI and get documents verified and pay the application fee. “We consider only those who have confirmed as serious applicants,” said Patil. There are over 1.32 lakh seats in government and private ITIs in the state.