Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Labour Minister P.K.Gurudasan has said that the government was taking steps to start new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) as well as developing new facilities at existing ones.

The Minister was inaugurating the one-year long golden jubilee celebrations of the government ITI at Malikadavu near here on Saturday. A proposal to start 32 ITIs has been under the consideration of Finance Department. The Minister said that five ITIs, including Kozhikode Women’s ITI, will be conferred with ‘Centres of Excellence’ status this year. Last year, nine ITIs were conferred with this status.

The Minister said that the government decided to open new institutions in view of the finding that only one lakh among the 37 lakh unemployed persons registered in employment exchanges in the State, were skilled in various trades. The Welding Institute in Kochi with FACT’s help at an estimate of Rs.1 crore and training centre for ITI trainers at Malamppuzha at an estimate of Rs.2 crore will be started this year itself.

The Minister said that enough fund would be made available for the development of the ITI at Malikadavu. A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA, who presided over the function, said that an amount from his MLA Local Development Fund would be allotted for setting up a hi-tech classroom consisting of modern equipments including web camera, LCD projector and screen. U.C.Raman, MLA, Corporation councillor M.Mahendran, Industrial Training Department regional joint director D.Baburaj and Calicut Press Club secretary Kamal Varadur also attended the function.