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Centre to modernise 1,396 ITIs

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A public-private partnership initiative Each ITI will get assistance up to Rs.2.50 crore and the Centre allotted Rs.750 crore for the purpose

PUDUKOTTAI: The Centre will modernise 1,396 industrial training institutes (ITIs) across the country through a public-private partnership initiative, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has said.

Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of M.R. Arunachalam ITI at Saveriarpuram near Thirumayam on Sunday, he said three hundred ITIs would be taken up for modernisation and development as centres of excellence every year. Each ITI would get financial assistance up to Rs.2.50 crore and the Centre had allotted Rs.750 crore for the purpose.

While the State governments, as owners of the ITIs, would continue to regulate admissions and the fee structure, their management would be taken care of by industry/private partners.

Mr. Chidambaram, who went around the ITI premises, said skill development of rural youth was the need of the hour for the economic prosperity of the country.

School dropout rate

He expressed concern over the high school dropout rate in the country despite the efforts taken by the Centre to impart compulsory primary education. Fifty-two per cent of the rural students dropped out either at the middle or high school level. In Uttar Pradesh, 10 lakhs children were not enrolled in primary schools every year. He appreciated the efforts of the management of M.R.ITI in imparting technical education to students from economically weaker sections and appealed to them to continue the task.

Mr. Chidambaram termed the capitation fee system as an exploitation of students.

The Minister honoured some of the former principals of the ITI.

Presiding over, Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Judge, Madras High Court, honoured student toppers and appreciated the services rendered by the institution.

A.R. Kasi Viswanathan, Vice-President of M.R.A.R. Educational Society, and Valli Alagappan, Society member, spoke.

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