Lucknow: When the Uttar Pradesh government launched Mini ITI (vocational training) plan in Madarsas, Muslim youths painted a rosy picture of their future as they found the programme to be useful enough that would provide them good jobs. However, after completing the course with all verves, their hopes have dashed into pieces when their certificates were termed worthless by headhunters.  

Mohsin Khan, a resident of Dhanapur of Chandoli district, received the certificate of the vocational training with all alacrity. But to his great surprise, when he reached Gurgaon in search of work, a company rejected his candidature saying that his certificate holds no value. To add to his woes, the state government under whose initiative the programme is being run doesn’t value his certificate as well.

Significantly, in 2002-03, the state government had decided to impart the vocational training in five Madrasas that was later expanded to 140 Madrasas by 2005. The Uttar Pradesh Madrassa vocational training was established in order to conduct the training.

A separate section of Mini ITI was created in Madrasas. Three instructors and a clerk were appointed for the training purpose. Since then, six thousand students have received the training but it has come to a naught as their certificates fails to bring job for them.

People like Arif, Abrar, Mubarak, Tariq, Niaz lament that when they approach for jobs, their certificates are rejected. When the registrar of the Uttar Pradesh Madarsa Education Council Javed Aslam was approached regarding the certificate issue, he said: “Mini ITI is a traditional name. This is a self employment training which has been undertaken to make all the Muslim youth self dependent.”

According to experts, the certificate of the ITI is valid only when it is recognized by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or any state NCTV.

(JPN/ Bureau)