Skills training program started by Madhya Pradesh government for blind fails to live up to promises

The eight-month course in Computer Operator and Programming Assistance started at Industrial Training Institutes in Madhya Pradesh were supposed to give blind students all the skills needed to turn their lives around. Many blind students signed up, lured by the promise that they would become experts in cyber technology.

Instead, blind students say that many of them did not even get the opportunity to touch a computer. And even at centres where there was a computer, there was lack of qualified teachers.

Students say that while they were awarded with a degree in State Council on Vocational Training (SCVT), it is a meaningless distinction as they have no practical knowledge on the subject.

There are over 200 blind students who joined industrial training institutes (ITIs) to secure their future but are feeling cheated. They now possess degrees in SCVT as well as NCVT (National Council on Vocational Training), but it amounts to nothing since they have no practical knowledge to back it up.

In 2016, the Madhya Pradesh Social Justice department introduced the COPA trade course in four different ITIs across the state – Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur and Rewa – to ensure skill development of youngsters.

Teachers blame the administration for this state of neglect.

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