ITI to award certificates to its graduates on par with Classes 10 and 12
The Indian Government has proposed to set up a new Board that will conduct exams and hand out certificates to Industrial Training Institute (ITI) graduates which will be on par with the ones awarded to Class 10 and Class 12 students of boards like CBSE.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has accepted this proposal. It is said to benefit over 20 lakh students that will graduate from the 13,000 ITIs that are spread across the country.
Anyone that has taken up courses at ITI will be able to pursue regular courses at schools and colleges of other Boards post this move.
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Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister, during Question Hour of Lok Sabha, filled in about the proposal of the new Board for ITI which will be similar to CBSE and ICSE.
Rudy admitted that there was a decline in the standard and quality of ITIs in the country. He said that the upcoming ITIs will provide quality education similar to one that is imparted in Kendriya Vidyalayas and other good schools in India.
He also said that, "23 lakh students used to pass out from ITIs but did not get the equivalent certificate of 10 or 12 standard because no such provision was there earlier."
He added, "Now we have decided that on the lines of CBSE and ICSE... there will be a board for ITIs in the country which will give them a certificate equivalent with 10 and 12 standard. The HRD Ministry has agreed to this."
The senior officials of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said that the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) will get the authority to conduct examinations and certifications for ITI students of Classes 10 and 12, once the proposal was finalized.
Once the proposal is in place, the UGC, CBSE, AICTE, NCERT, AIU (Association of Indian Universities) and the state education boards will be notified about the NCVT being authorized to conduct academic examinations for ITI graduates and it will award 10th and 12th certificates to them which should be considered as a valid certificate and they should give further opportunities to these graduates for higher studies should they consider it.