Technical education in Himachal Pradesh

50000 youths of Himachal given jobs in private sector during current tenure, claims Govt

E-governance has been implemented in technical education and counseling for admission is completely online, claimed the government. 

Shimla: While opposition criticises the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh of fooling youth on the name of employment and allowances, the government claims it has provided employment to as many as 50000 youths of the state in private sector. 

It is the result of special emphasis laid on the technical and vocational education in the state, it said. 

It is impossible to offer government job to every youth in the state, therefore, the government is offering technical education to help the remaining to get jobs in the private sector and industrial houses, the government said in an official statement. 

The government said the state has 335 technical education institutions. The list of government institutes comprises of five engineering colleges, two pharmacy colleges, 15 polytechnics, 122 ITIs and one motor driving & heavy earthmoving machinery operator training institution.

Other institutes in the private sector include 14 engineering colleges, 13 pharmacy colleges, 17 polytechnics, two D-pharmacy institutions, and 144 ITI.

These institutes have a capacity of over 61000 students.

The government said that out of these, 42 new ITIs & 8 polytechnics have been opened during last four and half years. E-governance has been implemented in technical education and counseling for admission is completely online, claimed the government. 

Institutions like IIIT Una, IIT in Mandi, NIT Hamirpur, NIFT in Kangra, IIM in Sirmour, Plastic Manufacturing in Baddi and RVTI in Shimla are preparing the students to compete at the national and international levels.

Hydro Engineering College Bilaspur is expected to help students fetch jobs in Hydro-power sector, said the statement.

Further, it was informed that the classes of Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Nagrota Bagwan have been started from the session 2014-15. A five years degree in Architecture with intake capacity of 40 has been started in this institution from 2017.

In the 2015-16 sessions, classes of civil and mechanical engineering (of Mahatma Gandhi Government Engineering College Rampur) have been started in Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Engineering College Sundernagar.

Similarly, the classes of Civil and Electrical Engineering Government Hydro Engineering College Bandla (Bilaspur) have been started in Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College Nagrota Bagwan from this session.

The classes in Government Pharmacy College Nagrota Bagwan have been started from the last year. The classes in government Polytechnic Institutions of district Kinnaur, Sirmour, Bilaspur, Kullu, and Lahaul-Spiti have been started from the session 2013-14.

A Hotel and Catering Information Institution will come at Paror in Kangra district. The NITI Ayog has given its recommendation for an Advance Training Institute that will come up in Kangra district, said the government.

With the help of Asian Development Bank, the government is strengthening 50 government ITIs. The machinery and equipment are being purchased as per the NCVT standards for these institutes, it said.

Special facilities are being provided to promote private Industrial Training Institutions in tribal or remote areas and backward panchayats.

In Technical Education Department, as many as 1495 posts of various categories have been created. All colleges now have principals, claimed the government.

The government also informed that as per the 2013 notification of the HP Education Board, Dharamshala, if a candidate has passed his/her matriculation and have a training of 2 years or more from ITI, his qualification will be considered equivalent to higher secondary.

Photo Courtesy: Neil Dunne Welding

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