Wadhwani Foundation’s Skills Development Network and DTTE, Govt. of NCT of Delhi sign MoU to Help Transform 27 Govt. and Private ITIs, and Polytechnics

Directorate of Training and Technical Education (DTTE), Govt. of Delhi and Wadhwani Foundation’s Skills Development Network (SDN) announced a strategic partnership aimed at transforming Delhi’s Polytechnics and ITIs into market driven high performing institutes producing skilled workforce for over a period of 3 years.

A highlight of this MoU is the introduction of new Employ-ability Course in all 27 Government ITIs & Polytechnics and setting up Industry Collaboration Cell. The program will focus on building partnership with 50 public sector employers to accept 5000 internship or apprenticeships.

“We are committed to providing sufficient skills to ITI graduates such that they can command family supporting wages. Our partnership with Delhi government’s Directorate of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) will go a long way towards improving job outcomes by restructuring the technical training in Delhi,” Wadhwani Foundation President and CEO Ajay Kela said.

It aims to advance employ-ability training courses like work and soft-skills, upgrade the manufacturing courses to modern manufacturing training practices and introduce local high-demand services courses in addition to the technical courses in the ITIs.

On the occasion of signing this MoU, Smt. Punya S. Srivastava–Principal Secretary, Department of Training & Technical Education said, “The main aim of this project is to create a relationship between industry and vocational education, enhance knowledge and skills, and increase skills availability for industry. Government of NCT of Delhi is committed towards skill development for the Delhi youth and in this context we are initiating various skilling-led programs at different levels of education system. We have entered into a partnership with Wadhwani Foundation for ITIs and Polytechnics, who have experience in skill development initiatives at various levels to provide program management and technical support, and we are sure that we will be able to achieve considerable progress in this field.”

Three Key enablers are proposed to transform ITI and Polytechnics into Modern Manufacturing Training Hubs and Multi-Skill Institutes (a) advancing employability training courses such as work and soft-skills (b) upgrading the manufacturing courses to modern manufacturing training practices and (c) Introducing local high-demand Services courses in additional to the technical courses in ITI. The MOU suggests starting with transformation of ITIs through employability courses in the first year. Additionally, employer engagement for education, internship and apprenticeship by recruiting State PSUs and private employers to participate in content development and part-time teaching, and a close partnership on providing paid internship and apprenticeships to students is envisaged. The employers can be motivated to participate vide access to trained talent and use of CSR funds.

The execution of ITI Transformation in Delhi at scale, as envisaged in the MoU, will be through an effective program management unit (PMU) which will be managed by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

SDN as a knowledge partner will deliver education and training through e-content and technology platform to reach scale and to enable the entire job creation and talent development process in the State.

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