ITI students get academic equivalence – landmark decision bringing education and skill development closer.
31 July 2016
In a major decision, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
(MSDE) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) / Ministry of Human
Resource Development (MHRD) came together to sign an MoU that can ensure
upward mobility for ITI students learning different vocational skills and
trades. With this MoU, ITI students get academic equivalence to pursue their
career and higher education aspiration on par with those from high schools
This landmark decision to give academic equivalence to ITI students is
preceded by other important decisions like holding convocations and
unveiling the new logo for ITIs that are expected to enhance the
aspirational value of ITI courses and give the students their due.
At the same time, it ties up with various efforts to modernize the ITIs
through public private participation (PPP) initiatives and give
opportunities for ITI students to move into regular engineering streams for
Signing of this unique MOU, will not only break barriers between school
education and skill development, it will also open path ways for ITI
students, enhance employability and enable NCVT certified, ITI students to
earn 10th/12th qualification.
This Memorandum of Understanding will help all past and pursuing ITI
students to have their 10th and 12th qualification and they will get
academic equivalence. When the proposal to permit the NIOS to sign an MoU
with the Ministry of Skills came to honourable HRD Minister, Sh. Prakash
Javadekar for approval, he immediately approved the proposal so that the
learners pursuing or certified through any of the ITIs can obtain 10th or
This has been a long standing demand of ITI students as, in spite of the
rigorous studies they pursue, they are not considered equivalent for jobs
where eligibility is 10th or 12th pass. Now, the ITI students can write two
papers from the NIOS and get credit of three papers transferred from their
ITI Curriculum which will qualify them for a 10th or 12th Certificate as the
case may be.