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Post -secondary technical vocational education training: A qualitative case study of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Maharasthra State, India

Rajiv Rasikchandra Malkan, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine how the post-secondary technical vocational training program at the Industrial Technical Institute (ITI) site in the State of Maharashtra, India, was meeting the growing demands of an educated workforce. The case site was selected based on the State having the largest concentration of public ITI and the largest percentage of Center of Excellence (CoE) program. ^ Data were collected by the researcher through an in-depth onsite face-to-face interview with the case study site stakeholders (administrators/staff, faculty, graduates and employers). Six themes that emerged from the data were: Student background and motivation; Student ITI experience; Teaching and Learning; Skills gap and skill development; Government policies; and Future Outlook/Issues. ^ An analysis of the data clearly indicated ITI was doing excellent work in preparing graduates to have the necessary basic skills requirements that the businesses and industry required. All business and industry participants were satisfied with the quality of basic knowledge and foundation provided by ITI to the graduates. All student participants were also in agreement of the basic knowledge they had received from ITI in preparing them with the skills sets requirements. In terms of the basic skill sets at the blue-collar worker level, ITI was successful in fulfilling the requirements for trained skilled workers in the region. The study indicated that skills gap existed for soft and technology skills. ^ The study concluded that the following components of the skill development through ITI should continue: Skill development curriculum offerings through Center of Excellence program; Apprentice Program; Basic Foundation Courses; Business and industry linkage; and National Curriculum through Center of Excellence. ^ The study recommended that the Central Government needed – Curriculum Enhancement Policies, Increasing Training Capacity, Program Evaluation, and Apprentice Programs; the State Government focus on Infrastructure Improvement, Personnel, and Personal and Professional Development; Employers provide Equipment Donation and Placement of Graduates feedback and Local ITI enhance Planning Process. ^ Implications and recommendations for further research were discussed. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Higher|Education, Vocational

Recommended Citation

Malkan, Rajiv Rasikchandra, "Post -secondary technical vocational education training: A qualitative case study of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Maharasthra State, India" (2009). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3355628.