Shimla: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today claimed that Himachal Pradesh would likely have an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) by next academic session. Stating this while inaugurating the two-day Second Joint Review Mission on Skill Development through Initiatives organised by the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment and Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Himachal Pradesh, here today, Dhumal said that vocationalisation of the education had emerged the need of the hour to equip youth with necessary skills which could help them in finding employment and self-employment avenues for sustenance.
He said that in the present global scenario formal education had lesser scope for employment and self-employment in comparison to the technically and vocationally skilled manpower. He said that Himahal was endeavouring to introduce technical and vocational education at different levels under public and private participation mode with a view to make professionals globally competitive. He said that geographical, climatic, law and order conditions of the State were most congenial for academic environment.
Dhumal said that the state government had succeeded in getting national level vocational institutions such as IIT, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Central University, Hotel Management Institute and Food Craft Institute sanctioned from the Government of India in recent past. He said that the First Batch of the IIT Mandi had been started at IIT Roorkee and state government’s endeavour was to start second batch from Mandi itself till it may take some time for development of campus at Kamand near Mandi. He said that in National Institute of Fashion Technology admission would be started from August this year while the admission in Hotel Management and Food Craft Institute would be done in the near future. He said that land had been identified at Dehra where a very grand campus would be developed.
The Chief Minister said that the state was remodelling the educational curriculum of all the engineering, polytechnic colleges and industrial training institutes by replacing the outdated trades with the emerging ones. He said that in coming few years Himachal Pradesh was poised to emerge a hub for quality vocational education in the country.