Currently India has 13,000-odd ITIs across the country.
The centre government has recently de-affiliated close to 400 ITIs after quality inspections administered by it found the institutes lacking the requisite infrastructure and trainers for imparting vocational training to students.
While talking about this issue, Mr. Hegde said the Centre was forced to de-affiliate these institutes due to their poor and deteriorating quality.
"It has come to my knowledge that ITI quality is substandard, we were forced to disaffiliate few ITIs since the quality is not good," he said.
"To strengthen these ITI's we have started a new scheme with an investment of around 6000 crore in coordination with World Bank to improve quality of some institution which are performing good. In rural areas also we are planning to take ITIs there," Mr. Hegde told PTI at the sideline of an inspection of the ITI centre here.
In another development yesterday, PTI reported that the Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved funds worth Rs 7,000 crore for the establishment of permanent campuses of six IITs across the country today, government sources here said.
The government's vocational training programmes are administered by industrial training institutes (ITIs), which cater to about 36 per cent of the 7 million people enrolled in various training programmes in India.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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