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Centre’s STRIVE scheme to be implemented
In tune with the Centre’s initiative in augmenting training activities, Tamil Nadu government is set to launch skill strengthening programme from this year to enhance Industrial Training Institute (ITI) activities. A total of 36 government ITIs and nine private ITIs will be covered under the scheme with a tentative outlay of Rs 100 crore.
“Government of India has designed a new scheme to upgrade the government ITIs by name Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE).
Official sources said that this scheme is to incentivise critical institutional reforms required in the institutional training systems, notably the ITI network and the apprenticeship system. This is a five-year program under which Government of India has planned to support ITIs including private ITIs across the nation. These funds will be utilised for enhancing the quality of ITI training, promoting and monitoring apprenticeship training at the state level, an opening of Industry Window for the training of ITI Instructors, establishing a dedicated apprenticeship cell at the state level and State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) for implementing the STRIVE scheme.
As a part of ‘Quality Assurance Mechanism’ of skill training and to get ‘benchmark for comparison’ amongst the institutes, self-rating through MIS portal for grading of 62 government ITIs and 99 private ITIs has been completed. ITIs obtaining a rating of more than three star rating out of five will be brought under STRIVE scheme.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had recently approved two new World Bank supported scheme, STRIVE. The scheme is expected to develop a skilling ecosystem that will support the country’s rise in the Ease of Doing Business index by steady supply of skilled workforce to the industry. It will also work towards increasing the aspirational value of skill development programs by increasing the marketability of skills, through better industry connect and quality assurance.