The district administration in association with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is toying with the idea of setting up a state-of-the-art Welding Institute in Nellore district as part of efforts to create trained and skilled talent pool of welders.

At a high-level meeting on the industry and employment opportunities held at the District Collectorate here on Thursday evening, it was decided to start within a month’s time a pilot course in welding with 60 students. The course duration will be one year with admissions given for 10th failed and dropout students.

The representatives of TISS said that the course participants would be given basic training with hands-on experience and this skill could be used in any future job like ship-building, ship-breaking, underwater welding, boiler welding and so on. Welders are also drawing high salaries these days. Trained welders are being brought from China to meet requirements in some industries here and this could be avoided by creating local talent pool.

District Collector B. Sridhar said that based on the response to the pilot course, the possibilities would be considered for starting a world-class institute . Krishnapatnam Port CEO Yendluri Anil Kumar stressed the need for creating a institute to give regular courses in welding.