In order to promote excellence in the field of vocational education and training, the government of India has introduced a new scheme under which the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) would get rated. Those private institutes which would acquire a 4 or 5 star rating would be allowed to charge 20 percent extra fees from its students. This fee hike would be added to the normative fee that is being charged presently at the private institutions.
Presently, there are about 12,000 ITIs in the country and the number has almost doubled over the last six years. In the next five years a large number of ITIs has been lying as proposals for approval as well. The rating system would help the students and employers to connect with the institutions as they would attain a certain level of recognition from the government regarding the level of quality of training and facility at the institutions. It would also act as a management tool which would identify the problem areas of the institutions and would help in designing appropriate policy interventions for overall growth and development.
The ratings for the institutes would be valid for two year and the fee for the rating process would not be regulated. The agencies which would carry forward the rating primarily would be, ICRA Limited, Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL), NABET and Quality Council of India (QCI).
The ITIs which would receive 8-10 points on the 0 to 10 point scale, depending upon the Trade and Institute performances would be rated five star. Similarly those ITIs getting 6-7 points would get four star rating. Those having points over five would get three stars and those institutes having scored less than five points would now receive any rating. The National Council on Vocational Training (NCVT) has also taken responsibility to re-affiliate the ITIs after five years.