Welcome to National Instructional Media Institute (formerly known as Central Instructional Media Institute (CIMI)). As per the vision 2020, India should be a developed nation by the year 2020. Development is synonymous with employment for all. Thus creating employment opportunities should be the national goal. India is a vast country with more than 1 billion people and providing them opportunity for employment is a monumental task. Creating employment opportunities has two sides. One side is creating jobs and the other side is making them employable by providing the necessary training. The employability of a candidate depends on the quality of training he receives and the productivity also depends on the training. Thus training is essential to open avenues for employment.
In India two schemes namely, the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) and the Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS) take care of the training needs of the organized sector. The two schemes are managed by Director General of Employment and Training (DGE&T) under the National Vocational Training System.
The National Council on Vocational Training (NCVT) identifies the potential skills for employment, develop curriculum and implements the training programme in the Industrial Training Institutes. The Trade Test is conducted twice a year and certificates issued for the craftsmen trainees.
Similarly National Apprenticeship Council implements the Apprenticeship Training programme in the Industries and awards certificates to the successful candidates.
Under the craftsmen training scheme there are around 4580 ITIs spread all over the country training around 7 hundred thousand youngsters in 67 trades. The National apprenticeship scheme implements Apprenticeship training in 132 trades.
The duration of the Vocational Training Program varies from 1 to 3 years. The major challenge in implementing the training programme at the Institutional level is to formulate the method to be adopted to achieve the desired objectives. There are three major players in the successful implementation of the training programme:- the trainees, the trainers and the Management. The trainees need study material to enhance their knowledge. The Instructors need the list of scientifically designed exercises to be carried out, steps in doing it, procedure for evaluation, the raw material required, lecture and demonstration plans, the teaching aids and the Resource Planning.
The management is to be aware of the material to be provided for implementing the training, both teach ware and hard ware. Thus there is a dire necessity to make a holistic approach to make research and develop Instructional Media to cater to all the players involved.
National Instructional Media Institute (NIMI) was established in December 1986 at Chennai by Govt. of India with the assistance from Government of Germany. The main aim is to develop Instructional Media Packages for various trades under Vocational training system. From 1st April 1999 NIMI is working as an autonomous institute with a governing council managing its affairs.
The Method of development
The aim of NIMI is to provide Written Instructional Material to maximum number of trainees at the shortest time possible. Hence the trades are selected on the popularity of the trade. A committee of experts, called Media Development Committee (MDC) is constituted for the trade. The committee consists of experts of the trade from industry and training institutes.
In the first week of its meeting an Orientation programme is conducted by well trained staff. The syllabus is analysed and the skills and modules are identified and method of development is finalized.
The committee splits into small groups of two or three and start developing the material for various modules both Theory and Practical simultaneously. The manuscript is given to the Data Entry Operators and the printouts are given back to the coordinator and corrections/modifications are carried out. The freehand drawings identified are sent to CAD section where they are developed. Once the development is complete both the text and drawings are accessed by the DTP Operators and Page making is carried out. A print out is taken and distributed to trade experts or the MDC members and review is done. Once it is vetted it is made available for printing. The output is called Instructional Media Package consisting of books on Trade Theory, Trade Practical, Test/Assignment, Instructorís Guide and teaching Aids:Ė Wall charts and Transparencies. The speciality of NIMIís product is that they are more illustrative. More than 1200 drawings will be used in Trade Theory and Practical Books.
NIMI has got a good LAN Network with 55 computers, 1 Plotter, 5 Laser jet Printers, 13 Ink Jet Printers, 11 Dot Matrix printers and well trained staff. It has got its own Offset Printing Machine and Screen Printing equipment.
NIMI has so far developed and published 136 titles for 18 trades covering 83% of the total trainees in Craftsmen Training scheme and Material for another 5 titles are under progress and is expected to be ready by December 2005. By this, the coverage would be for 86%of the craftsmen trainees.
It is a known fact that the learning is more effective when it is learned through the mother tongue. Hence attempt is being made to translate the titles into Regional languages also. Translation into Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya and Marathi are under progress and some titles have been published. For other details you may please refer to the relevant pages.
NIMI prepares an Instructional Material as a package. It is called so, as it encompasses all the stakeholders in the training situation i.e. the trainer, the trainee and the administration. Hence the Awareness seminars on efficient and effective use of NIMIís Instructional Media Packages are conducted for the trainees, Principals, Instructors and others involved in the training.
DGE&T organises the trade testing of the Craftsmen and Apprentices twice in a year for each scheme. One of the other major contributions of NIMI to Vocational Training System is to assist the Trade Testing Cell at DGE&T in modernising the trade testing system by developing a Question Bank to conduct All India Trade Test for Craftsmen Trainees throughout the Country.
Question Bank is a collection of Test Items developed by experts of the trade. Test Items are scientifically designed to test the various levels of knowledge acquired by a Trainee for a particular topic.
All India Trade Tests has conducted using Question Bank developed by NIMI for the trades of Machinist and Turner from July 1999. Now the trades of Fitter and Electrician will also be conducted using the Question Bank from July 2005. By this 43% of the total trainees will be covered under Trade Testing System.
The Assignment/Test Book of NIMI gives the types of questions at various levels. But it does not cover all the test items of Question Bank. As the aim of this type of test is to test the knowledge level of a trainee, the only advice to the trainee is to read and understand each lesson thoroughly using NIMI Books.
This is an appeal to all involved in vocational training to make use of the material developed by NIMI and improve the quality of vocational training.