Staff Reporter

Planning to recruit teaching, non-teaching staff

ODEPC taps job opportunities abroad for Keralites

Placements for 512 persons abroad during 2007-08

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC), a Government of Kerala undertaking, has made record achievement in three decades of existence by providing placements to 512 persons abroad during 2007-08.

Formed in October 1977 to tap job opportunities abroad for Keralites, the ODEPC had been able to provide placements to 5,315 persons abroad till date. After the present LDF government came to power, 759 had been able to secure placements through ODEPC.

The ODEPC had sent young job-seekers to Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Dubai, Muscat, Malaysia, Kuwait, Qatar, Maldives, Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Libya, Singapore, Yemen, Cyprus, Iraq and other countries.

Among the countries using the services of the government undertaking, it is the Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia that had appointed the maximum number of staff through ODEPC.

Of the 682 doctors, nurses and technicians who had qualified in the test and interview held in Kochi in June 2007, 112 had already received appointment orders. A private cement company in Saudi Arabia recruited 102 persons in 2006-07 and another 33 in 2007-08.

In 2006-2007, the ODEPC was able to sent 204 nurses to Maldives. In 2007-2008, 71 nurses and eight technicians were able to secure jobs through ODEPC in Maldives. As many as 158 persons, including doctors, are awaiting orders in Maldives.

New ventures

A project manager had been appointed through ODEPC to set up an institution on the lines of ITI functioning in Kerala in Sultanate of Oman. Two major private hospitals in Malaysia had selected 13 nurses for appointment after interviews held in March 28.

With its successful initiatives, the ODEPC has identified new areas for organising recruitment drive in the coming days.

Chairman and Managing Director of ODEPC S. Srinivasan said the undertaking had already sent letters to the Maldives, the Gulf and other foreign countries expressing willingness to recruit teaching and non-teaching staff for these countries. Kuwait has also evinced interest in recruiting nurses through ODEPC.

The ODEPC has also commenced pre-departure training to those selected for various jobs. Recently, the ODEPC organised pre-departure training to over 100 nurses selected for Saudi Arabia and Maldives.

The company now mainly concentrates on manpower recruitment and air ticket booking. The travel division of ODEPC has IATA approval. The services are mainly used by Ministers, Government Secretaries and top officials.

Though functioning under the Ministry of Labour, it does not have any financial support from the government. Mr. Srinivasan said the ODEPC could generate profit of Rs.5.99 lakh in 2006-2007 and a profit for 2007-2008 is estimated to be Rs.40 lakh.

Reliability and transparency have made many foreign countries to depend on the ODEPC for recruitment of staff.