Two new ITIs to be set up in Gajapati & Kandhamal districts
Berhampur: Odisha government is planning to start two new polytechnics in Gajapati and Kandhamal districts and increase the number of seats in the ITIs at Berhampur and Chhatrapur in Ganjam from this year.
The objective is to boost technical education in southern Odisha.
The new polytechnics would function at Paralakhemundi and Phulbani in Gajapati and Kandhamal districts respectively.
Sixty students each would take admission in civil, mechanical, electrical and electronics and telecommunication streams in each polytechnic course, official sources said.
The buildings of the new polytechnics are nearing completion and are likely to be handed over next month.
The government, however, is yet to appoint teachers in both the new institutes. "We expect the government to appoint teachers before the commencement of classes in the new institutes on August 1," said the in-charge of the polytechnic and ITI Phulbani Principal, D P Patnaik.
Meanwhile, the government has increased the number of seats in government-run IITs in Berhampur and Chhatrapur in Ganjam by 340 and 378 seats respectively.
The seat strength was doubled in each stream, fitter, electrical, welder and electronics in ITI Berhampur. While the government opened three new trades, including instrumental, mechanics and welder at ITI Chhatrapur, besides doubling the seats in the existing three disciplines — mechanics, electrical and electronics.
The total strength was now increased to 1,300 and 567 in ITI Berhampur and Chhatrapur respectively, said ITI Berhampur principal Rajat Panigrahi.
He said infrastructure are being provided to accommodate increased number of students. The government has already provided instruments worth around Rs 80 lakh to the institutes. Two new buildings with an expenditure of Rs 65 lakh were set up on their premises.