New Delhi. In the six months since its revamp by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Dual System of Training (DST) has shown signs of significant impact in the skilling ecosystem, with as many as 719 MoUs being signed with various private partners for training programs. This is a huge jump from the 136 MoUs that were signed in the three years prior to the revamp, according to a ministry statement here on Friday. The Dual System of Training scheme was first introduced in 2016 with the objective of enabling industries and establishments to partner with the Government and Private ITIs for conducting training programmes towards fulfilling skilled manpower requirements. The DST combines theoretical training from ITIs and practical training from Industry partners thereby strengthening industry linkages and providing hands-on experience to students on industries latest technologies and techniques.
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The revised scheme guidelines were issued in January 2019 and are much more relaxed with greater adaptability towards industry requirements and with wider coverage of ITIs. Under the DST scheme, training is imparted to meet the industry’s skilled workforce requirements. After the training, trainees are awarded National Trade Certificate that give them an edge with regard to employability. Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, said the dual system allows cooperative learning and production that allows for greater innovation and targeted training.
'Candidates getting dual training fast become specialists, increasing demand for their services. We have been actively encouraging ITIs to participate in the DST program so that new ITI trainees are industry-ready. The newly revamped scheme has been so well received that we expect the impact on the overall skilling ecosystem to be significant. Of the latest surge in MoUs, NSTI Noida has signed some 37 in these few months,' he said.
Among the changes in the revamped scheme, ITI & NSTI principals can now directly sign MoUs with industry without interference of DGT or states. The eligibility criteria for industry participation has been eased where now an engineering trades industry can have a minimum of 40 employees instead of the earlier 200, while the minimum turnover requirement has been brought down to Rs 1 crore per year for the past three years, against the earlier Rs 10 crore.
The duration of the practical training portion of the course has also been made flexible and adaptive to the industry schedule. All the 138 plus courses under CTS have been brought under the ambit of DST, as against only 17 courses earlier. ITIs are exclusively permitted to conduct training under DST with deemed affiliation in the 3rd shift.