Jammu: The Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to review the functioning of Skill development Department.
Principal Secretary, Skill Development, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon; MD, NHM and other senior officers of the department attended the meeting.
Principal Secretary informed that around 21000 candidates have been skilled by the various ITIs/polytechnics during the year and that efforts are going on to integrate with industry to impart industry specific skills to enhance the employability of the trainees.
Stating that various vocational institutes in J&K are imparting quality training, Dr Samoon stated that students even from IIT, Jammu and NIIT, Srinagar have been/ are being skilled/trained by these technical institutes.
Dr Samoon informed that 2 centres of excellence at Kathua and Budgam have been established, which will help make the youth of the UT future ready for a range of jobs in the UT and beyond.
Giving details of the polytechnics operating in the UT, it was informed that out of 22 polytechnics in J&K, 18 polytechnics are operating out of their own buildings while the remaining polytechnics are housed in the rented buildings.
It was further informed that 32 ITIs have been upgraded through PPP and that they have performed well by all accounts in comparison to the other government run ITIs.
Dr Samoon asked for funds for completion of the ongoing construction of 4 polytechnics, besides seeking fast track recruitment of faculty members in these polytechnics.
It was informed that 720 posts of different categories are vacant in the newly established polytechnics.