QUEEN MARYS TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

 

Background The need for training disabled soldiers was felt by Lady Marie Willingdon (wife of Lord Willingdon) after observing conditions of Indian soldiers returning from African and European theatres of World War-1. She started Queen Mary's Technical Institute (QMTI) to impart vocational training to these soldiers on 16 May 1917 in Sassoon Barracks, Bombay. Institute shifted to the present location in Khadki, Pune in 1922. QMTI is the only Institute of its kind in the Nation.

Patronship Governor of Maharashtra and the three Service Chiefs are Patron-in-Chief and Patrons respectively. GOC-in-C Southern Command, FOC-in-C Western Naval Command and AOC-in-C South Western Air Command are the Vice Patrons.

Governance QMTI is registered under Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950 as a Charitable Educational Trust (E–102). GOC Pune Sub Area is Chairman of the Trust. Functioning of Trust is guided and monitored by Board of Trustees (BOT). BOT comprises 17 ex-officio and eight elected trustees, serving and retired defence service officers respectively.

QMTI Logo / Illustration The logo, shown below, has a tree whose main branch got sheared. The cut branch of the tree was duly supported before its separation from the tree. The tree greened again, bore flowers and fruits. It then says:-

(Although hurt, I grow, regain my youth and give shade, foliage, flowers and fruits in service of humanity.) Same is the approach of QMTI towards the disabled soldiers.

Training Training at QMTI is of three types. Main training of one / two years in chosen vocational area. Value addition training for enhancing competence in three associated areas, English speaking / writing, computer literacy and soft skills. It is imparted along with main training. On-job / apprenticeship training of one year duration with elite local establishments after completion of main training.

Training Associations In its pursuit to train the soldiers in appropriate prevailing and emerging vocations, QMTI has been enriching its training associations. Training associates for main trainings are, Pune University for management, C-DAC for computers, Jetking for computer hardware and networking, National Council of Vocational Training for ITI trades and Tata Motors for automobile trades. Associates for value addition training are English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis for functional English speaking / writing, Vishwakarma Institute of Management for soft skills and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd for computer literacy.

Re-training  Volunteering soldiers are trained again through on-job training (OJT) programme in real work environment. This is preceded by training for personality development, resume writing and for facing interviews for their selection for OJT. Currently OJT is organized with Tata Business Support Services, Bharat Forge, authorized service centres of Kirloskar Gensets, Tata Motors, HP / HCL computers, Godrej Forklift trucks, some elite security services etc. Soldiers are also encouraged to obtain ITI apprenticeship training at 512 Army Base Workshop, DRDO and other central / state govt establishments.

Training Schedule Academic session at QMTI commences every year around 10 Aug. Detailment for training is done by CW-5 Directorate through respective Records offices. Interested soldiers may obtain concerned details from website, qmtiindia.org.

Celebrating Victory over Disability First Alumni Day of QMTI was celebrated on 16 Dec 2013. Vijay Diwas has consciously been chosen to demonstrate victory of these brave challenged soldiers over their disability. Many retired soldiers attended and shared their experiences to illustrate QMTI training’s contribution in their respectable rehabilitation.