Article Date: 01.07.2017
Developing Skilled Manpower in Stone Sector
As a part of upgrading 1396 Government ITIs. through PPP mode, 106 ITIs. of Rajasthan are being upgraded. 63 ITIs have been upgraded so far. Under World Bank Scheme each ITI funded by the Central Government has been provided Rs.2.5 crores as interest free soft loan to be paid after 10 years from the date of release of the fund.
ITI, Amer (Jaipur) which is about 25 kms. from Jaipur City on Jaipur-Sikar-Bikaner National Highway has been allotted to Stone Technology Centre (Training Division) and Shri K. Vikram Rastogi, its President, has been nominated as Chairman of the Institute Managing Committee (IMC) of this ITI. The Government has allotted this ITI to Stone Technology Centre (Training Division) because of its acumen in stone sector - consultancy, publication, training and education.
NCVT approved courses - electrician, Computer Operator & Programming Assistant (COPA), welder are presently being conducted whereas other courses on Diesel Mechanic, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, architectural assistant, fitter are proposed to be conducted in the near future. There is sufficient constructed area for class rooms and workshops as per Government of India norms with 25,000 sq m land. A hostel for 20 students is being constructed.
It is also possible to conduct short-term training course on stones and then start production as well. The model of Production-cum-Training Centre can be established with full autonomy in its implementation and then in actual working.
Shri K. Vikram Rastogi proposes to start short-term training courses of one to four months immediately on suitable subjects so that trained manpower may be available to industry. A survey for possibility of conducting such training courses is being carried out. Initially, these courses would be for the students of Rajasthan, but soon these courses would be offered on Pan India basis with a provision of residential accommodation as well.
Members of Federation of Indian Granite and Stone Industry (FIGSI) and Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) can sponsor candidates for such training courses. They can also suggest suitable subjects to conduct training courses on stones and construction related subjects. They may also sponsor any course for their own benefit or for the benefit of the industry.