BTech, diploma holders won’t be considered for ITI posts

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Thiruvananthapuram: The authorities have decided not to consider overqualified candidates for posts that require ITI as the minimum eligibility. The department of labour has issued an order stating that the ITI, NAC, NTC trade certificates aren’t equivalent to other diploma and degree course certificates. The order is based on a report submitted by an expert committee appointed by Director General of Training (DGT).

Complaints were rife that the candidates who possess ITI certificates are denied opportunities as overqualified candidates are considered for the various posts notified by the Kerala Public Service Commission. The committee was appointed to examine the issue.

The ITIs in the country mostly offer vocational courses. The trainees who pass the All India Trade Test are given the National Trade Certificate. The committee noted in its report that the DGT doesn’t conduct any diploma and BTech courses.

Meanwhile, the department of higher education, had issued an order, on 30 July last year, that the BTech certificates provided by the various universities in the state indicated a higher qualification of the diploma, ITI, ITC, KGCE, KGTE, NEC and NTC certificates in the same branch. The latest order was issued in order to check the appointment of overqualified candidates to the posts that have ITI as the minimum eligibility. 

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