Under the pact, German technical assistance will be used to enhance industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system into the Indian context, said an official statement.
The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and (German International Cooperation (GIZ) and will initiate a new project focused on adapting elements of the German dual system in select industrial clusters in India.
“In the last couple of months we (India) have formally adopted the German system of dual education. For the first time we will have ITIs (industrial training institutes) in this country where there will be a model of three months of academic input and after that the trainee will move to the industry where he will work as an apprentice for the remaining nine months,” Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rohit Nandan said.
He said the Government is very keen to take the dual mode of education forward to promote apprenticeship in the country.
“The aim of the programme is to involve private sector and entrepreneurs in defining the qualification that is required in creating practical training at the workplace,” German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney said at an event.
He termed the adoption of dual education by India as a “breakthrough”.
The project will run for three years starting August 2016 with a budget of EUR 3,000,000 (22.6 crore) made available by the German Government and aims to foster conditions which will help create and improve cooperative workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters.