Thirty-two students belonging to the SC/ST communities on Friday received appointment letters from a private bank after completing a six-month training programme in Banking, Finance, Insurance and Mutual Funds at the Institute of Finance, Banking and Insurance (IFBI).

The training programme was fully funded by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing Development Corporation (TAHDCO).

Speaking to reporters after distributing the appointment letters, A. Tamilarasi, Minister for Adi Dravida Welfare, said as part of the government's efforts to provide employment opportunities to the SC/ST students the training programme was conducted on Banking, Finance and other related subjects. The actual fee for the course was around Rs. 85,000 and these students were charged only Rs. 30,000.

The State government had provided free education to the SC/ST students and their entire expenses from class VI to Plus Two was borne by the government, which amounted to Rs. 3.43 crore. Similarly, it also had spent on scholarships to the tune of Rs. 3.47 crore for those who were admitted to higher secondary levels, she said.

In the last four years, the department had received Rs. 125 crore, which was spent on providing scholarships and imparting training on various trades for those who could not complete their school education, she said.

When the 32 students joined the institute, those in the organisation were apprehensive whether the students would be able to complete the training successfully, said S. Venkatesh, president of IFBI.

The apprehension was mainly due to their social background.

However, their apprehension was proved wrong and the entire batch completed their training successfully and were able to get placements in the private bank, he said.