Class VIII plus two-year ITI to be equivalent to SSC from next year

Panaji: Beginning forthcoming academic year 2016-17, students who complete two-year ITI course after Class VIII will be considered on par with Std X degree while students who complete the two-year ITI course after Std X will be considered on par with having a higher secondary degree.

Under the initiative, the government intends to boost career progression and open pathways for higher education to the youth who are desirous of completing two-year ITI course.

Coming out with the information, Minister for Craftsman and Training Deepak Dhavalikar said that those students who will complete two-year ITI course after Std VIII and Std X, will be granted academic equivalence of Std X and Std XII respectively and they will be eligible for admission in regular high school and higher secondary level.

As per this new initiative of the state government, students who have failed in Class X and who complete two-year ITI course will be issued a certificate which will be equivalent to the SSC qualification whereas candidates who attend the two-year ITI course after Class X will be issued a certificate which is equivalent to Class XII certificate.

“This initiative would be introduced from coming academic year,” Dhavalikar said, adding that this will benefit a large number of students in the state.

There are 17 Industrial Training Institutions (ITIs) in the state out of which 10 are run by state government and seven by private institutions. This year over 3400 students were enrolled in ITIs.

He said that the government has made efforts to motivate the youth to take admissions in ITIs, thus the number of students enrolled for ITIs has increased this year, adding that implementation of National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) is being done under the consultation with National Skill Development Agency, MSDE of government of India. [http://goacom.com/]