Karnataka to convert 150 ITIs into technology hubs

Karnataka would convert 150 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the state into technology hubs under the Udyoga (job creation) scheme at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore, said Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan.
jio-for-students“Converting ITIs into technology hubs will accelerate up-skilling our youth workforce across the state and prepare them for jobs,” Narayan told reporters here on the eve of ‘World Youth Skills Day on Thursday.

Narayan, who holds portfolios of IT, BT (biotech) and Science and Technology, said the Rs 5,000-crore job scheme would be launched in October.

“The conversion will include refurbishing 78 old labs, setting up 72 new labs and constructing new building in the state-run institutes across the state,” he said.

Of 1,713 ITIs in southern state, 270 are run by the state government, 196 are aided and 1,247 are operated by private, with a combined strength of 1.8-lakh students.

The department will soon open 6 more government tool room and training centres (GTTCs) as an addition to 24 such centres across the state.