On Tuesday, the Commissioner Secretary, Skill development Department, Saurabh Bhagat visited the premier CIIIT institute in Baramulla to review its functioning presently operating at the premises of Government Polytechnic College.
In a press note issued by the department, it was mentioned that the institute is one of the premier technical learning centres in the Union Territory followed by the one operating in Jammu.
CIIIT was set up in Baramulla in 2020 when the COVID 19 was at its peak and the global COVID19 shutdown was in place. The officials and the executive agencies on job without caring for their life made it sure the prestigious institute must be set up within a given deadline.
TATA was instrumental in its foundation in the northernmost part of the country. TATA provided equipment, manpower and the sustainable support in achieving its objectives of providing training to the poor and needy students who could not afford it normally against a huge cost.
The 200-crore massive project, however, in real terms gathers the dust in the vast campus of Baramulla Polytechnic College since it met the fate that other projects of Kashmir have been meeting so due to incompetence and arrogance of administration. While the training was free of cost for all the students and especially, the drop out section was supposed to be targeted but the College administration fixed the massive fee scale unaffordable to the majority of the students.
It was stated that over 10000 students shall be trained at CIIIT within the three years’ timeline but the deadline almost passed and the situation on ground speaks altogether a different language. This is what has happened to a chain of ITI’s set up by the government in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The advanced automobile courses at CIIIT would have promised a bright and prosperous career for hundreds if not thousands of students. The basic aim of the project was to familiarize students with electric vehicle repairing and manufacturing small articles for daily use.
If students would have been sincerely trained at the centre, there would have been dozens of small-scale industries already set up by the trained lot. But the project met a fatal fate since it fell into the incompetent hands.