The newly constructed Industrial Training Institute for women in Dhanbad. Picture by Gautam Dey
State labour and science and technology departments have jointly decided to start an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) exclusively for women — the infrastructure for which is already in place — from 2014-15 academic session, starting in August, in Dhanbad.
The decision came after the existing co-educational ITI in the coal capital failed to attract ample members of the fair sex for industrial studies over the past few years.
The new ITI has come up on public-private-partnership (PPP) mode and will be run by Bengal-based Techno India Group.
According to the agreement, the state government has provided space adjacent to the existing Government Polytechnic campus on Jharudih.
“The new institute building and hostel have already been constructed adjacent to Government Polytechnic and will be handed over to Techo India Group tomorrow (March 1),” said principal of the existing co-ed institute R.P. Singh, who has been assigned to look after the upcoming ITI’s functioning too.
Singh further said that aspiring students would have to take an entrance test.
On the number of seats and subjects to be taught, he said that they were in the final lap of discussion to fix those.
“We will also try and fix an affordable fees that will be realised from students by Techno India,” Singh said.
Notably, at the existing ITI, only two female students are pursuing the course, which significantly has a huge demand in Jharkhand owing to its enhanced industrial activities.
The labour department had conducted a survey in 2013 to find out the exact cause for extremely low enrolment of girls.
It was found that majority of the parents were reluctant to send their wards to study together with boys due to rise in crime against women in the state.
Hence, after a discussion with the science and technology department, the labour officials in September 2013 took the decision to set up this exclusive ITI for girl students.