Organization, Functions and Duties

Particulars of Organization, Functions and Duties

The Directorate of Skill Development was established in the year 1981 by the creation of a unified body for the administration and control of the Institutions imparting Technical/ Vocational Trainings in the State. The integration was felt necessary to co-ordinate the related training activities and to affect more efficient utilization of the mutual resources for the overall development of the training scenario in the State.

There were a total of 21 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI's) and 2 Polytechnics in the State at the time of the creation of the Directorate and with the growth and diversification of the activities of the Department, the number now stands at 88 ITI's ( 54 Government & 34 Private ) and 32 Polytechnics (24 Government & 08 Private). The ITI's, providing a more fundamental type of training, are located in all the major townships of the State while as the Polytechnics, aiming at producing middle order technical personnel, are located at all the district headquarters of the J&K State.


The Department is the principal agency imparting varied types of technical trainings in the State. The training activities of the Department are mainly centered in the Polytechnics and the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI's) and can be grouped as under:

  1. Technician Training through the Polytechnics, leading to the award of Diploma in Engineering/Non-Engineering fields.
  2. Conduct of Non-formal courses under the Community Polytechnic Scheme through Govt. and Private Polytechnics.
  3. Craftsman Training through the ITI's, leading to the award of Diploma/ Certificate in Craftsmanship.
  4. Apprenticeship Training in the field, leading to the award of Diploma/ Certificate in Apprenticeship.

The courses at (1) above are conducted under the technical control of the All India Council of Skill Development (AICTE) in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) at the centre.

The courses at (2) are also conducted through the Ministry of HRD. These are non-formal Courses of 3-6 months duration and are conducted in the Polytechnics and also the Extension Centers in the rural areas.

The course at (3) are job-oriented, with the purpose of producing skilled workers and are conducted under the technical leadership of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) through a network of ITI's in the State.

Courses at (4) are for actual industrial workers, who are trained on the job as fully skilled workers. The scheme is conducted through the National Apprenticeship Council (NAC) at the national level.

Both NCVT and NAC are under the Ministry of Labour (MOL) at the Centre.

Polytechnic Sector
ITI Sector

Powers and Duties of Officers and Employees

The department is headed by Director Skill Development J&K and is assisted as under:

A) Directorate Level

Joint Director Polytechnics
(Procurement and Academics)
Deals with matters relating to establishment of New Polytechnics, Procurement and Academes of the Polytechnics.
Joint Director (Works) Deals with matters relating to Civil Works of department.
Joint Director ITI (Vacant as of now)
Dy. Director ITI (SIC) Deals with Public Private Partnership PPP Scheme
Assistant Director Trainings Deals with trainings and Skill Development Initiative (SDI) / Skill Development of Youth Jammu and Kashmir (SDYJK)
Assistant Director VTIP Deals with Vocational Training Implementation Project (VTIP) Scheme
Assistant Director PPP Deals with Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme under the Dy. Director

B) Divisional Level:

Deputy Director Skill Development Kashmir
Deputy Director Skill Development Jammu

C) Institutional Level:

a) Polytechnic Sector: Principal of concerned Polytechnics
b) ITI Sector: Principal/Superintendents of concerned Industrial Training Institute’s