ITI Policy Vision Note
From ATI Chennai IT and ITES Wiki
- This is a policy document envisaging the future of running ITIs and their cost / operations management.
- It is the duty of society to educate the next generation.
- Govt ensure effective quality transmission of knowledge and skills in the shortest possible time.
- This must be done at no cost to the students.
- All of this will ensure little or no dependance on Govt / Govt jobs by the citizens.
- Prevent patronising attitude of managements vis-a-vis employees / students
- Operating Trust to own the land and immovable properties - not pledgeable
- "Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime".
- "Anticipate Charity by Preventing Poverty by teaching him a trade"
Categories of ITIs
- Govt (Central and State)
- Private - Govt Aided
- Private Unaided categories
True Costs and Fee Justification
- Administering low fees is expensive
- It does not generate net revenue
- Cost Factors to be considered:
- Maintaining accounts and associated salaries
- Statutory Reporting and Compliance
- Monitoring at various hierarchial levels
- Action (rarely) Taken and associated bribery / corruption
- Market Perception based concentrations in Urban areas
What happens when fees are realistic
- The poor get left out
- The well-to-do get subsidised
- Gender concentration of females in urban clusters - parents tend to keep girls closer home at any cost (bribes / corruption / loans)
- Teachers can get better paid
- Teachers stock in society goes up - they get better respect, motivation
- The student perception of learning value increases
Mitigation of down sides to realistic pricing
- Students can take interest and collateral free loans from banks that the Govt can underwrite at no cost to the student
- Repayments can be done only after student gets a job
- Installments to be paid by the employer in easy installments over say 2 years (implementation and compliance issues)
- CSR can be used to sponsor students
- Govt grants can pay for poor / deserving students
- Geographically agnostic distribution of CSR availability by online applications for donor and donee
- Teachers in all ITIs must be paid the same salary and allowances
- All students fees (non grant student fees) to be paid into a consolidated Bank Account
- The consolidated Bank Account (e-Payments) to pay all salaries, maintenance, consumables and watch and ward for all ITIs.
- All ITIs should not recruit teaching staff
- All Teaching staff should be selected and posted by the Govt
- Replacements for leave should also be from a central pool of Teachers
- Teachers to be paid based on student availability fraction of sanctioned strength
- This will incentivise the Teachers into teaching well and attracting students to their institution.
- Flattening hierarchy amongst teachers
- Abolition of all standalone Principal positions
- Additional charge as Principal to be provided to senior capable and willing teachers in each ITI on rotation every say 3 years.
- No perquisites for any ITI staff irrespective of experience and position.
- Local hospitality and expense account upto say 10K per month to be at the discretion of current and previous head
- Minimise the role of private managements in managing ITIs:
- no compliance issues
- no bribery / corruption
- no wateful expenditure
- no capitation fees
What is in it for private entities to run an ITI
- No Property Tax
- No Income Tax
- No GST
- Influence / Traction in Society as ITI Owner
- Manage attendance and teaching quality compliance of employees and report to HQ
- Chairman and Member of Administrative Committee for disciplinary actions and staff change requests
- Operational costs and control - funded by the Govt
- Travel and Hospitality - a fair value grant by Govt
- Watch and Ward - funded by the Govt
- Relationship with local civil society
- Alumnus and PTA goodwill
- Hostel Management
- Canteen and Stores
- Dress Code / Uniforms
- Placement activities
- Industry linkages
Open Loop Management, Monitoring and Control
- Being a large country with diverse languages, centralised control must necessarily be flexible yet effective.
- Rigid dictates will only break the hierarchy and tend to slide into chaos / subversion
- No offices anywhere except at the HQ - no rent, no electricity, no useless employment, no facility upkeep
- Every district must have a compliance officer working from home - laptop, transport and expenses, communication and connectivity to be provided
- Video conference only when necessary
Local ITI Compliance Officer
- Officer must be capable on conversing in the local languages.
- All should be e-Office enabled with login as attendance.
- All financials to be without any supporting documents / vouchers - trust in the citizen is essential - keep soft caps with excess to be hierarchially authorised.
- Early detection of incompetence / delinquency in personnel to be detected and white elephants to be replaced quickly.
- Only local residents to be employed for such local positions - it will save on rentals
- Must be capable of riding 2/4 wheeler - fuel re-imbursements
- Must be familiar with Office software and possess typing skills
- In active age group of say 26 to 35.