Punjab Jumps 4 Spots in State of Governance 2020
Punjab has significantly improved its position in the annual SKOCH State of Governance Rankings 2020. Good performance in water, education, rural development and municipal governance categories has helped the state in improving the ranking. The overall ranking of Punjab jumped from the 16th position in 2019 to the 12th position in 2020.
Punjab has witnessed huge ups and downs in the SKOCH State of Governance ranking in the recent years. Punjab had secured the seventh position in 2018. It slipped to the 16th position in 2019, but recovered smartly to acquire the 12th position in 2020 rankings.
Punjab registered gains in eight sectoral ranking categories. The state acquired #2 spot in education and water categories. It secured #3 position in rural development category. In municipal governance category Punjab acquired #5 position. In skill development category it secured #7 position. In e-Governance category Punjab improved its standing to the eighth position in 2020 from the 10 position recorded in 2019. In health category also Punjab secured the eighth spot. Punjab gained #11 position in police & safety category.
The highest number of noteworthy projects in education sector came from Punjab. Five projects were selected from Punjab in education category. Two of them were in the impactful category. Punjab secured the second spot in the education sectoral ranking. Bihar topped the chart due to high weightage of its projects.
Technical Education and Industrial Training Department of Punjab has developed ‘Dual System of Training (DST)’ in synergy with the industry. The new system seeks to:
- Increase the intake capacity without incurring major capital on infrastructure
- Address disconnect between ITI trainee’s learning outcomes and the industry requirements,
- Rope in the Industry in the training process.
- Reap the benefits of demographic dividend through skill development
For effective implementation of the new system the Department of Technical Education & Industrial Training, Punjab has signed 438 MoU with different organisations.
Despite the Corona pandemic the state witnessed an unprecedented increase in admissions for ITI courses. The number of seats for new admissions in Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) had stagnated at around 23,000 – 24,000 during the last 10 years. In 2020, the number of seats increased to 37,996. This is around 60 per cent increase in intake capacity.
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