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Apr 12, 2009

ITI certificates not issued after waiting 12 years !

The Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) has appealed to the Secretary to Government for Labour and Employment to take steps to issue National Trade Certificates (NTC) to students who had completed their courses 12 years ago at the Industrial Training Institute.

In a memorandum the Secretary of CCC, K. Kathirmathiyon, pointed out that the future of these students are at stake.He said that passed out students of the Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and private Industrial Training Centres admitted to affiliated trades/units with NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) were issued NTC.

He said that when the issue was taken up with the State Government it was learnt that Director General of Employment Training (DGET), New Delhi, had reiterated that only eligible trainees of affiliated trades of ITI are entitled for NTC.

Mr. Kathirmathiyon said that when the matter was taken to High Court it directed the Commissioner of Employment and Training, Chennai, to take appropriate action. But many more students were not provided with the NTC.Hence CCC sought details under the Right to Information Act. Even though several thousand students were issued certificates after filing a case with the High Court, CCC was astonished to note that in Government-run ITIs alone more than 5,700 students were still not provided with NTC for the reason that their courses were not affiliated.

At present, several thousand students in private ITI s were studying in the unaffiliated courses. The Government might have started the new courses in order to help the students with a hope to get affiliation at a later date. Unfortunately, the past experience was the Government could not get affiliation for several courses. When the private institutions conduct unaffiliated courses resulting problems to the students, people would prefer complaint with the Government. Here the Government run institutions conducted unaffiliated courses due to which the ultimate sufferers were the students.

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