Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS)

The Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) was introduced by the Government of India in year 1950 to ensure a steady flow of skilled workers in different trades for the domestic industry, to raise quantitatively and qualitatively the industrial production by systematic training, to reduce unemployment among the educated youth by providing them employable skills, to cultivate and nurture a technical and industrial attitude in the minds of younger generation. The Scheme is the most important in the field of Vocational Training, has been shaping craftsmen to meet the existing as well as future manpower need, through the vast network of ITIs spread over various States / Union Territories in the country. The day-to-day administration of ITIs under the Craftsmen Training Scheme was transferred to the State Governments/ Union Territory administrations with effect from the year 1956. From 1st April 1969, the financial control of the Industrial Training Institutes in the States as well as in the Union Territories was transferred to the respective State Governments / Union Territory. The financial assistance was granted to them in the form of bulk grant in consultation with the erstwhile Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance.

Programme structure : The duration of craftsman training is one year.

Combination of Subjects : The following subjects are covered

  • Trade Technology
  • Trade Practical 
  • Emploability Skills

Start of session : Normally 1st August of every year.

Eligibility for Admission :  Matriculation/10th. Admission will be purely on merit basis as per the marks scored in 10th class. Reservations policy is as per Central Government norms.

Age limit : Minimum 14 years, No upper age limit.

Passing Criterion & Award of Certificate:  The candidates have to appear in the final theory and practical examinations  conducted by NCVT, New Delhi in June/July every year. On passing the prescribed exam, trainees will be awarded the National Trade Certificate from NCVET. A candidate has to secure 33 %  in Trade Theory, 33% in employability skills, and 60% in Trade Practical marks. Moreover, the candidates also has minimum 80% attendance to be eligible to appear in the final examination.

NSTI(Women), Shimla at present is providing the CTS training in the following trades.

S.No Name of Trade Scheme No.of Units Sanctioned Seats Filled Seats Vacant Seats
1. Fashion Design & Technology CTS 1 20 13 7
2. Desk Top Publishing operator CTS 1 24 15 9
3. Stenographer & Secretarial Assistant (English) CTS 1 24 18 6

Name of Guest Faculty, Trade & Course NSTI(W) Shimla 2021-22

S.No Name of Course Sanctioned Seats Course-Co-ordinator Name of Guest Faculty Contact No
1. Fashion Design & Technology 20 Smt.Babita, Training Officer Ms. Usha 9621095732
2. Desk Top Publishing operator 24 Sh. Avinish Kumar,Training officer Mr. Subhash Bhandari 9418231356
3. Stenographer & Secretarial Assistant (English) 24 Sh. Avinish Kumar,Training officer Mr.Vikas Thakur 9882729732



CTS Courses

Government of India initiated Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) in for imparting skills in various vocational trades to meet the skilled manpower requirements for technology and industrial growth of the country. About 70% of the training period is allotted to practical training and the rest to theoretical training relating to Trade theory.


Contact details

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Phone no - 0177-2775999



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