The Telegraph
Sunday , September 29 , 2013
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Private push for seven ITIs

Ranchi, Sept. 28: The state government today signed memoranda of understandings (MoUs) with four educational agencies to run seven upcoming Industrial Training Institutions (ITIs) in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.

The private partners will upgrade, maintain and manage these cradles being set up by the state labour, employment and training department at a cost of Rs 8-10 crore each.

“We have signed MoUs with four educational groups. Fifty per cent seats will be reserved for Jharkhand’s students. Candidates will have to take tests conducted by Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (JCECEB) for admission,” labour minister C.S. Dubey told The Telegraph at Nepal House secretariat, where the pacts were inked this morning.

Department’s principal secretary Vishnu Kumar and special secretary Vishwanath Shah were also present.

Institute of Computer Engineers, a Calcutta-based group, will run the affairs of two general ITIs at Rajmahal in Sahebganj and at Madhupur in Deoghar, besides two women’s ITIs in Sahebganj and Jamtara.

A Howrah (Bengal)-based group, Integrated Education and Research Centre for Engineering & Management, will manage a women’s ITI at Deoghar, while Calcutta-based Academy of Higher Education (a Techno India group agency), has been given the responsibility of a women’s ITI in Dhanbad.

This apart, Jharkhand-based Ramchandra Chandravanshi Welfare Trust has been roped in to manage affairs of a women’s ITI in Daltonganj.

Shah said the seven ITIs would start functioning from 2014. While Jharkhand students would be required to pay nominal fees to study in these institutes, those from other states or those who would be admitted through non-JCECEB route would need to pay Rs 14,215 per semester.

Vishnu Kumar told The Telegraph that these private players had been selected through a rigorous process of selection based on biddings.

While some of the private partners will have to pay a certain amount of premium to the state, in a few cases, the state will need to give grants to some selected agencies.