Central Apprenticeship Council gives nod for revised stipends
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010, 00:36
New Delhi: The long pending revision of the minimum rate of stipend of apprentices was today accepted by the council governing apprenticeship programme along with the online issue of apprenticeship certificate at its annual meeting here.

The Central Apprenticeship Council accepted the revised stipend while observing that there has a 37 per cent rise in Consumer Price Index since the stipend was last revised in 2006.

The revised stipend has been fixed at Rs 1,490 per month from Rs 1,090 in the the first year for trade apprentices and, likewise, from Rs 1,620 to Rs 2,220 per month in the fourth year.

The revision in case of graduate apprentices has been fixed at Rs 3,560 per month and Rs 2,530 per month for 'sandwich course' students from degree institutions.

Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who chaired the meeting, said efforts should be made to train at least 10 lakh apprentices every year in all sectors keeping in mind the increased requirement of skilled hands in the expanding economy.

He said while there was a capacity of about 2.86 lakh seats in 188 designated trades, only about 2.01 seats could be utilised.

Minister of State for Human Resource and Development D Purandeswari said, "Bringing dignity to vocational and skill development programmes" is the prime concern today.

She suggested providing multi-lateral entry and exit system in the education system to make vocational education more attractive and said her ministry was trying to integrate the polytechnic institute with the mainstream education system.

The meeting also accepted widening the coverage of apprenticeship training scheme by including new trades meant for unorganised sectors.

It also agreed to develop a web portal through which an employer and establishment can choose right kind of candidates as apprentices and prospective trainees can apply to employers for apprenticeship training.

The meeting also favoured to withdraw norms like issuing no objection certificates to out-station candidates seeking engagement in an establishment and online issue of national apprenticeship certificate.


First Published: Friday, April 30, 2010, 00:36

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