New Delhi: All India ITI Students and ITI Director Joint Organization will put forth its voice vociferously for ITI students in a conference organized at Press Club of India in the National Capital, New Delhi on Monday. Students and other members will actively participate in this conference. ITI organizations and students are marching at the regional and national level against the dogmatic and repressive policies of DGT. A week-long 301 kms long Padyatra will reach Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Monday via Morena, Dholpur, Agra, Mathura, Koshi Kala, Palwal, Faridabad. In this conference, DGT’s Director General of Training (DGT) Neelam Shammi Rao (IAS) and Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan have been invited through e-mail.
The 6-point demand of the organization sums up as the movement against the continuous exploitation of the students and to ensure their rights without any delay.
It is worth mentioning that ITI students have to conduct regular and old students examination from 2014 to 2020 session, which is conducted from November 2020 and still the examination of 40 lakh students has not been completed in India, so promotion or OMR system or the result should be declared as soon as possible on the basis of practical and ED exam conducted. The organization demands that when the ITI course is based on practical then why the exam is theory based?
The enrollment process was disrupted by the DGT by closing the 3rd shift citing Covid, which has led to the loss of 6.50 lakh ITI seats, and has rendered lakhs of instructors/staff unemployed. All schools, colleges and public institutions and places have also been opened. Then why this discrimination against ITI institutions? Therefore, the second demand of the organization is that the enrollment which was closed in three shifts should be done immediately.
Shailendra Pratap Singh Rajawat, Organiser, Padyatra Satyagraha Andolan, said, “The mandatory requirement of 4 trades on old running ITI institutions should be abolished with immediate effect and the ban on grading from old ITIs should also be removed immediately. Along with this, re-affiliation should be done immediately. Be stopped with effect. Its process was started in 2014, since then till now this issue is pending in the court on which there is still a stay order.”
All trade wise courses of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), all the courses of State and Central which were being given to corporate institutions till now, should now be given compulsorily to ITI institutions.
The last and the sixth demand of the organization is that the examination fee has been increased from Rs 75 to Rs 376, which should be reduced with immediate effect and the distance of the examination center should be kept within a radii of 20 kilometers so that the economically weaker students can be accommodated.
Jitendra Singh Bhadauria, State President of ITI Electrician Trade and Students Federation, who came from Gwalior, said, “Since last November, the results of ITI students from the session 2014 to 2017 and students from 2018 to 2020 are pending for one year. The two-year ITI has not been completed even in four years, so by requesting all the institute operators for the Padyatra Satyagraha movement, they are involved in the joint participation by starting the padyatra.”