ITI tries to sell railway dream to students

Berhampur: The government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here has painted its classrooms like railway coaches to give the feeling to students that they are either inside a rail coach or on the platform.

This novel idea is aimed at providing a conducive atmosphere to students for study, and to draw more students from rural areas to the ITI.

All classrooms have been painted like train coaches so that rural students will get the feel that they are inside a train. The classrooms have been painted in blue. Windows and door handles have been drawn to give it the look of a rail coach.

Many students who come from remote, rural areas have not seen a train and they can get an idea of how a train looks like from this.

In the first phase, the corridors of a floor with 10 classrooms were painted like a railway platform so that students can get the feel of walking on a platform.

This was done by then students of the fitter trade studying at the institute. These students toiled for a week and painted the classrooms.

Principal Rajat Panigrahi said this will raise the confidence of students studying in the fitter trade. It will also make the atmosphere interesting for students, he said.  All classrooms will be painted in the same way soon, the principal added.

The ITI has taken up several programmes for developing the skills of students. The models prepared by students using waste products have drawn accolades. The scrap museum at the institute is also a big draw in and outside the state.

The ITI has carved itself a niche in the field of skill development.