The Board of Apprenticeship Training is an autonomous organization under Min. of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India established with the sole aim of improving the capability of fresh Engineers through one year 'on the job training' in actual working environment as Graduate / Technician/ Technician (Vocational) apprentices under the provisions of the Apprentices Act, 1961 amended in 1973 & 1986. Govt. of India, has established four such Boards of Apprenticeship/Practical Training catering to the needs of four regions of India. These Boards are located at Mumbai in Western Region, Kanpur in Northern Region, Kolkata in Eastern Region, and Chennai in Southern Region.
These four Regional Boards are authorised agencies to implement the National Scheme of Apprenticeship Training in their respective regions comprising of states as given below :
- Board of Apprenticeship Training (NR), Kanpur, covers Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and UT of Chandigarh.
- Board of Apprenticeship Training (WR), Mumbai, covers Chhatisgarh,Goa,Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and UTs of Daman-Diu & Dadra Nagar Haveli.
- Board of Apprenticeship Training (SR), Chennai, covers Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and UT of Pondicherry.
- Board of Practical Training (ER), Kolkata, covers Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal, Jharkhand and UT of Andaman Nicobar.
A Chairman who is normally an eminent industrialist from the region, heads that Board. Presently, Prof. Dr. B.B. Ahuja is the Chairman of the Board of Apprenticeship Training, Western Region, Mumbai . The Board has eminent personalities in the field of education, industry, and Government departments as the members of the Board. The Board advises and decides policy matters whereas for day to day matters the Director of Training is responsible and is guided by the Additional Apprenticeship Adviser, Min. of HRD, New Delhi. Govt. of India shares 50% of the stipend amount at prescribed rate.
In-plant –Training is mandatory for all the students of B.Tech. in their final year and these students are also entitled for the stipend as per the provisions of BOAT as mentioned above. This BOAT has recognized the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Aurangabad for making the provision of stipend.