In yet another public-private partnership move, the Directorate General of Training (DGT) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, has joined forces with Cisco and Accenture to train students in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in digital skills. The first phase of the training which is classroom-based is being implemented with the help of Quest Alliance for over 1,00,000 youth in 227 ITIs across four states. The digital literacy skills training is on the lines of work-ready employability enhancing the training programme. The training itself which blends classroom learning with online self-learning on the Bharat Skills portal has modules on basic digital literacy and higher-level technical skills.
There are around 15,000 ITIs crisscrossing the country, which places ITIs at the heart of the skilling ecosystem. With the latest India Skills Report 2019 reporting a 30% plunge in the employability of ITI pass- outs between 2017-2018, changing skills training delivery to match industry demand is paramount for ITIs to re-gain market relevance.