Chandigarh: In view of providing employment to youths in the hospitality sector, the Haryana government has decided to open a hospitality wing in the Industrial Training Institutes. With the help of the Union Ministry of Tourism, the hospitality wing would be started at ITI centers of Tosham, Rohtak and Karnal.

Haryana Industrial Training and Education Minister Geeta Bhukal said, “Every year there is a requirement of two-lakh skilled manpower in the hospitality sector, which opens a vast scope of employment in the country.”

“The 13th Finance Commission has earmarked Rs 100 crore in order to boost the industrial training facilities in Mewat region. The amount would be spent during the period from 2011-12 to 2014-15,” she added.

She said that skilled workforce is being provided through industrial training institutes, centers of excellence and Technical Training Centers (TTC) to meet the demand of the industrial sector. Nineteen centers of excellence along with industrial training centers would be opened with the help of private sector, she added.

An agreement was inked on Public–Private Partnership (PPP) model for upgradation of ITIs with the help of reputed 26 industries including Maruti Udyog, Sona Koyo Steering Systems, Liberty Footwear and Jindal Stainless.

There were 78 ITI centers in 2005-06 that increased to 119 centers in 2011-12, she added.

(JPN/ Bureau)