The Directorate of Technical Education was established in the year 1981 by the creation of a unified body for the administration and control of the Institutions imparting Technical/ Vocational Trainings in the State. The integration was felt necessary to co-ordinate the related training activities and to affect more efficient utilization of the mutual resources for the overall development of the training scenario in the State.
There were a total of 21 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI's) and 2
Polytechnics in the State at the time of the creation of the
Directorate and with the growth and diversification of the
activities of the Department, the number now stands at 53 ITI's and
14 Polytechnics. The ITI's, providing a more fundamental type of training, are located in all the major townships of the State while as the Polytechnics, aiming at producing middle order technical personnel, are located in the two capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.