Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow
To upgrade the industrial training institutes (ITIs) to align with Industry 4.0, the Uttar Pradesh government has signed a pact worth more than Rs 5,400 crore with the Tata Group.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said the state skill development department is ushering in a new era to skill the youth according to the demand of modern-day industry.
On Sunday, the state signed a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with Tata Technologies Limited (TTL) worth Rs 5,472 crore to upgrade 150 ITIs. Under the pact, the TTL will invest more than Rs 4,200 crore to improve the Industry 4.0 ecosystem. The rest of the funding would be done by the state.
“In the rapidly changing world, there have been extensive changes at the technical level, but the ITIs were not upgraded. If we do not keep up with the new technology, we will definitely lag behind. Moving with the times, we have to join training programs related to new technology,” the CM said in his message.
Apart from training 35,000 youth every year, the students will be able to get jobs in prestigious institutions of Tata and abroad.
Meanwhile, TTL CEO Warren Harris said, “We will run 11 new age long term trades and 23 new short term courses in these ITIs. Our aim is to develop the skills of youth and connect them with employment.”
Under the Department of Vocational Education and Skill Development, a total of 305 ITIs are operating in UP, in which 72 vocational trainings of various types are being conducted.
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According to the demand of Industry 4.0, the need to modernise these institutes was long felt. With innovation, things like robotics and internet have become imperative for the job aspirants.