The inauguration of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in the state has been a long-awaited event and heralds the beginning of an era of accelerated development and industrialisation- a vital component that has hitherto been sorely missing in the push for progress in Manipur. The collective mood and expectations of the public cannot be anything but upbeat about the prospects and possibilities of such an infrastructure even though one cannot help but harbour apprehensions regarding the proper and optimal utilization
experts would have it in their hearts to give back to the land of their birth, and that they will be only too happy to be invited to share in the development and progress of the institute, and by extension, the state in their own way. Now that the institute has become a reality, the long walk has just begun. Students in the state need to be made aware of the benefits and the possibilities that would open up for them once they receive training from the institute and guide them towards their goal. The ITI is not merely an institute for the state but represents the possibilities of a thousand dreams to be turned into reality for the estranged state rife with unrest, social disturbances and discontent. The future of this promise lies in the manner with which the state government goes about managing and controlling the course. It might just turn out to be the harbinger of progress, or very well prove to be yet another white elephant.
- Published in Editorial