Students prefer ITI courses to traditional courses this year


Considering the growing demand from various industries and the strong opportunity for jobs and self-employment, nearly 3.08 lakh students applied for admission to the two-year courses of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) for this academic year.

There are a total of 149,268 seats in private and government ITIs in Maharashtra.

According to information shared by the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), this year a total of 308,439 students applied for admission into various ITIs in Maharashtra. Out of the 3.08 lakh students, 53 students got 100% marks while 354 students got more than 90% marks in the class 10 board exam. While in the last academic year, 118 775 students were admitted to ITIs in the state.

The main reasons for the high number of applicants are the direct admission into the second year of engineering after the completion of the ITI course as well as the great possibility of employment and self-employment, according to experts.

DV Jadhav, Co-Director of State Technical Education, Pune Region, said: “The trend is shifting from admission to traditional courses like commerce, arts and sciences to courses that provide employment opportunities immediately upon completion. Therefore, there are also students with more than 90% or even 100% grades in class 10 exams who applied for admissions to ITI this year.

While, in a major change introduced by the state’s technical education department starting this year, students seeking admission to technical courses at polytechnic colleges will be able to make a lateral entry based on the choice in the second year of engineering in the respective polytechnic colleges on obtaining the ITI degree in two years. A notification about this was issued by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) last month and sent to the Director of Technical Education in Maharashtra.

Rohit Naiknaware, a student who got over 90% and applied for admission to the ITI Diploma Course, said, “The financial situation at home is not good because my father lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, instead of taking the regular diploma course, I opted for the ITI diploma course because after completing it, there will be immediate job opportunities. In addition, I can enroll directly in the second year of engineering in the respective polytechnic college. »

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