Technical support for the upgrading and modernisation of industrial technical institutes in Karnataka

Project description

Title: Technical support for the upgrading and modernisation of industrial technical institutes in Karnataka
Commissioned by: Government of Karnataka
Country: India
Lead executing agency: Directorate of Employment and Training, Government of Karnataka
Overall term: 2012 to 2016

India. A student operating a CNC (computer numerical control) vertical machine tool. © GIZ

Context

In the state of Karnataka, 76 industrial training institutes (ITIs) are currently being upgraded and modernised in a series of public-private partnerships between the Ministry of Labour of the Government of India and the private institutes. The government has provided each ITI with funding worth about EUR 360,000 in the form of soft loans, while guaranteeing them autonomy and flexibility in using these funds. Despite this, the great majority of the ITIs have yet undertake the required transformation. So far, only very few of them are able to provide courses that add value by generating income for the institute while also benefiting the participants. The state Government of Karnataka has therefore commissioned GIZ IS to provide technical support for a faster upgrading process to improve the ITIs, with their institutional facilities, capacities and courses, by 2016.

Objective

76 industrial training institutes have been upgraded and modernised. They show improved market-orientation and greater responsiveness to the training needs of private industry. The quality of the training provided by the institutes has improved and their graduates are more employable.

Approach

Several important areas have been identified for promoting improvement in the ITIs.

  • Curriculum development (development of new, market-oriented courses that meet the specific, current needs for technical skills in the region)
  • Activity-oriented learning
  • Extensive training and capacity development for trainers
  • Building networks and collaboration between the selected ITIs and national and international training institutions (GIZ IS to support benchmarking and ongoing development)
  • Introduction of short and medium length courses that target value addition, in order to enhance the ITIs’ own revenue generation and help them attain self-sustainability.

GIZ IS is providing expert support and advice through the placement of national and international experts who have broad experience in the field of vocational training. Activities will include capacity development and training measures for the ITI trainers, who will receive instruction in their respective technical fields as well as courses to enhance their teaching skills. These measures will be organised at appropriate national and international institutions.

In modernising the training institutes, any infrastructure requirements (e.g. new buildings, furniture, equipment and machinery) will be met individually, according to each ITI’s respective institutional development plan. Working in close cooperation with the institutions’ own management committees, the project will design and implement efficient and effective management systems for them. The aim of these systems will be to make the ITIs in Karnataka financially self-sustaining.

India. A student operating a CNC (computer numerical control) vertical machine tool. © GIZ

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