BHUBANESWAR: In order to stem the migration of young people to Balangir, the Department of Higher Education (DHE) has decided to authorize the opening of an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in the premises of the Model Diploma College which sees the day in the district. ITI is being set up in Jogimunda in migration prone Patnagarh sub-division. On Tuesday, the Ministry wrote to the Skills Development authorities to start work so that part of the college building could be handed over to them for this purpose.
Previously, the state government authorized the use of Model College Campuses (MDCs) to provide vocational education and vocational training to students. In 2018, the Ministry of Education under its Model Degree College scheme first sanctioned Rs 6 crore each for Balangir, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Koraput and Kandhamal districts under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA 2.0 ) for MDC creation. In Odisha, while 8 MDCs are currently operating in Boudh, Deogarh, Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Nabarangpur, Khariar, Rayagada and Sonepur, the 9th is coming in Balangir covering an area of 5 acres. It will be completed by August-September this year.
Collector Chanchal Rana informed that Patnagarh sub-division consists of Patnagarh, Kharakhol and Belpada blocks which see a large number of educated youths migrating to other states to earn a living due to non-availability of alternative education in educational institutions. “Through this ITI, we plan to train these young people in different trades so that they can be employed. Initially, trades such as plumbing and landscaping will be open,” he added.