BACKGROUND:  Recognizing the major role that quality skilled manpower has played in the economic  development of the country and in the export of goods and services, the Government of India  has decided to focus attention on the production of highly skilled craftsmen. In this context, it is  guided by the observations and directions provided by the Prime Minister and the Union Finance  Minister that need for upgrading ITIs in a public-private partnership mode in achieving the  following goals. “In order to produce technicians of world standard, Government proposes to  launch a program in the Central sector to upgrade 500 ITIs over the next 5 years  100 ITIs a year. Appropriate infrastructure and equipment will be provided, the  syllabi will be upgraded and new trades will be introduced. “ Recognizing that the current centralized management style is making the craftsmen  training system inadequately responsive to the emerging demands of the rapidly developing  economy, the Government of India is keen to undertake reforms that would move towards a  system where the Government plays the key roles of policy development, skill standards setting,  financing, and monitoring and evaluation while engendering greater competitiveness and  accountability in training institutions.  A key ingredient of Government of India’s reform agenda is to move the private sector into a lead role at all levels of decision  making - from policymaking at the Central and State levels to managing individual training institutions. The Ministry of Labour and  Employment (MoLE) is working closely with the private sector to translate this vision into reality. To do this, it has made the decision that  the operations of all ITIs will be managed by Institute Management Committees (IMCs) with majority representation from employers. The  IMCs, chaired by a local industry representative, will be vested with adequate academic, managerial, administrative and financial  autonomies. This decision to form IMCs is supported by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chamber of  Commerce and Industry (FICCI) - the two largest employer federations in India.  Other important ingredients in Government of India’s medium-term agenda of systemic reform include modernization/development  of curricula to meet international standards, development of a national qualifications framework, levelling the playing field for public and  private sector providers, and designing and implementing a training fund. These reforms have support at the highest level of the  Government of India.  Over the next few years, Government of India aims to use the IMC mechanism to upgrade 500 ITIs, making it a condition that only  ITIs with an IMC in place will qualify to receive funding for upgradation. The performance of these training institutions will be closely  monitored and evaluated to assess the impact of these reforms on labour market outcomes. The Government of India has already initiated  its reform agenda with upgradation of the first set of 100 ITIs using domestic resources.  PROJECT OBJECTIVES:  To achieve the Government’s goals, the employment outcomes for graduates from the vocational training system must be  improved by making the design and delivery of training more demand responsive. As a consequence, the broad objectives of the Project  are to: Produce high quality craftsmen from publicity funded ITIs,  Enhance knowledge and skills of ITI instructors and trainers,  Promote innovations, and   Bring about systemic reforms.  THE PROJECT STRATEGY:  The Project is centrally-coordinated. It will establish Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and upgrade the training of conventional trades  in ITIs.  SPIU Producing multiskilled workforce of world standards through UPGRADATION WORLD BANK ASSISTED VOCATIONAL TRAINING IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Project Background ITIs Under VTIP ITIs In The State Centre of Excellence State Project Implementation Unit Content owned and maintained by Department of Employment and Training Alandur, Saidapet Road, Thiru.Vi.Ka Industrial Estate, Guindy,  Chennai-600032, Tamil Nadu, INDIA Phone : +91-44-22500900, 22500911, 22501002, 22501006.   Fax : +91-44-22501595. E-mail : tn_spiu_cet@yahoo.com Website designed by DET, Guindy, Chennai - 32 Website hosted by National Informatics Centre, Chennai. DISCLAIMER Department of L & E World Bank Trade Test Results Active Tenders CoE Syllabus  CTS Syllabus  MoLE Grants to States NVTI ILO  DGET Department of L & E World Bank Trade Test Results Active Tenders CoE Syllabus  CTS Syllabus  MoLE Grants to States NVTI ILO  DGET