Vocational Training Centre (VTC)

As a part of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, which states doubling the income of Schedule tribe Families in Integrated Tribal Development Project Talukas of Gujarat, Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat has joined hands with various private partners, NGOs, as well as Government machinery for implementation of such result oriented projects in Animal Husbandry, Agriculture Diversification and Skill Training segments. Furthermore, TDD intends to set up High Quality and state of art Vocational Training Centers (VTC) with leading sectoral private sector partners (PSPs). For which, well-defined Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy was formulated. The said policy has been approved by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat for setting up VTCs with PSPs.

PPP approach is a revolutionary concept and the opportunity is too good to miss. The 43 Talukas on the eastern fringe of Gujarat have been hitherto untapped by private players. Although, India ranks higher in generating qualified professionals in various sectors, availability and skill levels of semi skilled manpower is very low. Existing Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) so far cannot bridge the gap as seen in recruitment of qualified professionals and trained personals. Taking this into consideration, PPP model has come up as an effective solution. PPP involves a contract between a State Government and Private Sector Partners (PSPs), in which the PSPs provide vocational training to tribal people in Vocational Training Center (VTC) scheme under PPP based model of Government of Gujarat. A government resolution for participation of Private Sector Partners for implementation of CM's Ten Point Program was passed vide no. VKY-102007-244(1)/P dated 10th April, 2007.

Keeping in view the involvement of private sector in managing Vocational Training Centers, a GR has been passed vide no. NSA-1008-763-GH dated 21.08.2008.

Administrative ladder

A. PPP Policy

With an objective of making the ST youth of Gujarat Employable and skilled, a highly innovative and optimistic project called Vocational Training Center came into existence on 21.06.2008 under Public Private Partnership scheme through PPP policy. The project and training activities in the said project were designed for providing advanced industry specific employment oriented training with active support of surrounding industries.

B. High Powered Committee

On the same day on 21.06.2008 when PPP policy came into existence vide GR No. NSA/1008/763/G, a High Powered Committee (HPC) was also constituted for according approval to the proposals for new VTCs, other policy level issues in existing VTCs etc. The HPC is chaired by the Hon'ble Chief Secretary of Gujarat and has Head of Departments of Finance, Labour & Employment and Tribal Development Departments as members. The HPC holds it's regular and need based meetings at least twice and thrice in a financial year.

C. State Level Technical Committee

On 13.09.2010, a need was felt of another committee to take decisions on parallel issues arise in VTC time to time i.e. approval of courses, increase/decrease in no. of batches, commenting and recommending on proposals for new VTCs, other issue which were technical in nature. With the aim to bring better decision making on VTC issues on technical side, expert member from various other departments introduced in State Level Technical Committee under the Chairpersonship of then Principal Secretary, TDD.

Chronological Advancements

1. All Gujarat Institutes of Driving Training and Technical Research :

The VTC project is managed by Maruti Suzuki India ltd. this is the first VTC project, which was approved in 2007 before PPP policy came into existence. Training activities in AGITTR is running since 2009. At present Light Motor Driving Vehicle Training is going on in AGIDTTR.

2. Vaghaldhara Trust :

After constitution of HPC, the first Project approved by HPC on 24.08.2008 was Vaghaldhara Trust, which is located in Vaghaldhara, Valsad. Vaghaldhara Trust is a Public Charitable Trust registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, in the year 1968. It is actively operating in the education sector in the district of Valsad. VVKM had shown enthusiastic interest by proposing to set up a multi - sector VTC at Vagaldhara, Valsad (village Vagaldhara is covered under the -7- pocket of tribal development sub-plan). VVKM has allocated its land (4.5 Acres) for setting up of the VTC. The center has been already established with state of the art facilities including machinery and equipments. Currently 16 courses are launched at VVKM with 300 tribal students in various trades.

  • Computer Operator cum Programming Assistant
  • Draughtsman Civil
  • Electrician
  • Rafrigeration & Air Condition Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Plumber
  • Turner
  • Fitter
  • Computer & Tally Operator
  • Civil Site Supervisor
  • Refrigeration & Air Condition Technician
  • Electrical House Wiring
  • Welder Technician
  • Tig & Mig Welder
  • C.N.C Turning Operator
  • Plumber (Six Months)
  • Bar Bender
  • Computer Operator
  • C.N.C Machinist

3. SEWA Rural :

On 25.05.09 HPC accorded an approval for Expansion of Existing VTC under PPP policy .which was working in the tribal area for last 30 years. SEWA Rural is a voluntary development organization involved in health & development activities in rural tribal area of South Gujarat at Jhagadia since 1980. The activities were initiated by a group of young professionals having education & experience in Medical field from India & abroad and based upon the ideals & ideas of Swami Vivekananda & Mahatma Gandhi. VTC managing by SEWA Rural in Jaghadiya, Bharuch are running 12 different trades.

  • Turner
  • Fitter Welder
  • Electrician Cum Motor Rewinder
  • Environment Cum Chemical Plant Operator
  • Machinist
  • Printing
  • Office Assistant
  • Lab Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Vision Technician
  • Computer Hardware & Networking

4. Shroff Foundation Trust :

On 13.09.2010, another milestone was reached in VTC. Another VTC was approved by HPC i.e. Shroff Foundation Trust-VTC. Shroff Foundation Trust was established as a philanthropic endeavour of the Shroff family a well-known industrial and business family of Gujarat. It was as instituted in 1980. Its developmental activities started in 1987. The Trust provides supportive services in implementation of interventions in diverse areas such as Health, Education, Agriculture Development, Horticulture Development, Livestock Management, Water and Sanitation, Capacity building and skill up gradation, Women Empowerment, Children Development, Natural Resource Management, Safe Drinking Water Program, Disaster Management, Drudgery Reduction and Livelihood Security. SFT-VTC is named as VIVEC. Presently it started its operations from SFT, Kalali campus. 11 courses are running in VTC in rented premises. Following are the trades in approved in SFT :

  • Welding Technician
  • TIG & MIG Welder
  • Electrical & House wiring
  • Industrial Sewing machine operator
  • Bedside Assistant
  • CNC lathe operator
  • BPO Executive
  • Mason
  • DTP operator
  • Basic computer & MS office
  • English
  • Personality Development
  • CNC lathe operator
  • Milling operator
  • CNC Milling operator
  • Chemical plant operator
  • Plumber
  • Retail Sales person
  • Fabricator
  • Lathe Operator
  • Maintenance mechanic – chemical plant
  • Scaffolder
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Micro Irrigation Systems (Agri)

5. Muni Sewa Ahram :

Muni Seva Ashram (MSA) is a Public Charitable Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 and was established near a village called Goraj in Dist. Vadodara to implement the integrated community welfare programmes entered into VTC project on 28.10.2010 by the approval of HPC. MSA is presently working in sectors like health care, education, family centers and training activities. Under the MSA, a charitable hospital is running, which serve the patients of severe and general deceases. AS MSA is located in interior area of village, it has been a very good source of creating awareness towards health facilities in rural area in other district also. At present 6 courses are running in rented premises. Name of trades approved in MSA as follows :

  • Lab Technician
  • Lab Assistant
  • OT Technician
  • Dialysis Techncian
  • Bed Side Assistant
  • CSSD Assistant
  • BPO-Domestic
  • Personality Development
  • Basic Computer & MS office
  • English
  • Mid-Wifery Assistant
  • Vaccicination Assistant
  • Dresser
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Medical Record Technician
  • Health Care Multipurpose Worker
  • Solar Hot Water Installer & Service Provider
  • Solar Light System Technician
  • Solar heater /cooker system Technician
  • Repair and Overhauling of Tractor
  • Repair, maintenance & field operation-Harvesting/Processing Equipments
  • Gardner/Mali
  • Plumber
  • Domestic BPO

6. Atul Rural Development Fund :

On the same day i.e. 28.10.2010, HPC approved ARDF to set up the VTC in Dharampur talika of Valsad. Atul Rural Development Fund (ARDF) was established in 1978 at Atul, Dist. Valsad, Gujarat State by ex-Chairman late Shri Siddharth Kasturbhai Lalbhai to implement the integrated rural welfare programmes for the poor and needy of the surrounding villages of Atul Campus which is located in Gujarat 200 kilometres north of Mumbai. Since inception, ARDF has been carrying out social welfare activities in the area of Health care, Education, Housing, Agriculture and Vocational Training etc in the Valsad District. ARDF, also acts as a channel to implement rural welfare scheme of the Government and non-government organization. At present 5 courses are running in rented premises. Following are the approved courses.

  • Industrial sewing machine operator
  • Data Entry Operator / Talley
  • Mason
  • Plumber
  • Welding Technician
  • Bar Bender & Steel Fixer
  • Bedside assistant
  • Electrician
  • Personality Development
  • Basic Computer & MS office
  • English
  • Chemical plant Operator (process attendant)
  • Chemical plant Maintenance
  • Chemical plant Instrument attendant
  • Hardware Maintenance & Networking
  • Mobile Repairing
  • Shuttering Carpenter & Scaffolder

7. Gramin Vikas Trust :

Another VTC approved by HPC on 23.10.2010 was Gramin Vikas trust, A National Level Not-for-Profit Organization promoted by Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO), Government of India and Department for International Development (DFID), UK. GVT has been working for the sustainable livelihood enhancement of the poor in the rain fed areas across the central tribal belt of the country. The interventions relating to livelihood enhancement being handled by GVT have been operational since 1992. GVT has been following an integrated and holistic approach to livelihood enhancement and so has developed competencies in all issues relating to tribal livelihoods. Details of operational areas of GVT are; Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam and Himachal Pradesh. GVT's thematic areas of operations include Skill Development, Social and Institutional Development, Soil and Water Conservation (SWC), Water Resource Development (WRD), Agriculture Development, Forestry, Livestock, Seasonal Migration and Participatory Research. In VTC, 6 courses are running in rented premises. GVT will undertake following courses :

  • Mason
  • Bar Bender & Steel Fixer
  • Plumber Trade – Advance Plumber
  • General Work Supervisor
  • Personality Development
  • Basic Computer & MS office
  • English
  • Road Layer
  • Carpentry Trade – Carpenter
  • Painting Trade - Painter
  • Tiles and Marble Fitter
  • Scaffolding and Form Work Technician

8. GIZ IS :

D-SAG identified GIZ IS as consultancy organization for providing Technical Assistance/ Support to VTCs in ITDP areas. GIZ IS is an international organization owned by Government of Federal Republic of Germany. Over a period of more than 30 years GIZ IS has been providing consultancy services covering the whole range of expertise needed to develop efficient and effective Vocational Education and Training system.

A project proposal was submitted by GIZ IS for the project "Providing Technical Assistance and Support Services (TASS)” in establishing Vocational Training Centers for the Schedule Tribe (ST) youth of Gujarat State in July 2009.

An approval was signed with GIZ IS on 13/01/2009 during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, 2009.

State Level High Powered Committee approved the project proposal in the meeting held on 21st December, 2009. The minutes of the said meeting may kindly be referred with regard to the approval of the project.

D-SAG issued a letter vide No. VKY/2009/582/D-SAG (II) dated 08/02/2010 granting an in-principle approval to the project.

GIZ provide support in :

  • Capacity Building for labour market analysis and skill need identification
  • Conceptual framework design
  • Course curriculum development
  • Instruction and learning material development in English as well as in Gujarati
  • Capacity building and training of trainers networking with expert organizations
  • Assessment and evaluation of project
  • Follow-up, handholding and impact analysis
  • Sustainability orientation and roadmap to success
  • Career counseling and guidance methodology
  • Establishment of placement assistance system
  • Networking with national and international training institutes
  • Market and public relation guidance
  • Preparation of HR manual for each VTC
  • Preparation of website for VTC project etc.
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