Srinagar, Oct 9: Valley's apex industrial body, the Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir today termed the "skill development initiatives" by the government as a "farce".
The FCIK members at a meeting here today said even as such initiatives by the central government have been very successful throughout the country, "they have however failed in Jammu and Kashmir thanks to political and bureaucratic apathy."
"The technical education department of J&K state is in a shambles and employability of students passing from government technical institutes is the lowest in the country due to very poor quality of training," the chamber said.
Nazir Ahmad Shikari, secretary general FCIK said the Central Government had some years back started a PPP scheme.
He said under the scheme some 20 members of the FCIK were roped in to manage the ITIs. "But some bureaucrats and senior officials of the department sabotaged the scheme by encouraging non-cooperation at lower levels," he said.
"The members of the FCIK who are involved in the scheme are so much fed up with the attitude of the department that the FCIK is seriously thinking of pulling out its members from the scheme," the meeting observed.
"The expenditure on a pass out from government run ITI in J&K is Rs 5-6 lakh against an expenditure of 60,000 to 70,000 in a private ITI where quality of education and training is far better," he said.
He said the meeting demanded a white paper on the working and performance of the technical education department.
The meeting demanded that Minister of Technical Education Department R. S. Chib "should surrender the department in favour of some energetic person otherwise the technical education institutes of the state shall perish.