Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government is opening another Model Finishing School (after the first one in the capital city that has just completed training for its inaugural batch) in Kochi next month.

Together, the two finishing schools, being run under the joint auspices of Institute of Human Resources Development and Kerala State Information Technology Mission with the support of IT major Infosys, will have a student intake of 180 for each batch of 45 days’ duration.

Almost all the 25 students in the first batch of the school in Thiruvananthapuram have received lucrative postings in major IT companies in the country, according to the Model Finishing School Director V.A. Arunkumar.

Mr. Arunkumar said Kerala’s was the first government initiative in the country to bridge through a finishing school regimen the gap between the skills imparted to students in the campus and those required by the IT industry. The Model Finishing School faculty includes experts from diverse fields and also those trained in tune with the industry needs by Infosys.

The focus of the training is on developing not only technical skills, but also soft skills such as tackling job interviews and language skills. The course content will be constantly revised to suit the evolving needs of the industry, Mr. Arunkumar said. The Thiruvananthapuram school has invited applications from those wanting to join its second batch scheduled to commence training on August 8. The last date for submitting applications is August 2. The application form can be downloaded from www. modelfinishingschool.org.

Unemployed youth with B.Tech, MCA, or M.Sc. (Computer Science/IT) qualification can apply. They should have obtained 60 per cent marks.

B.Tech. students from all streams awaiting final results too can apply. They should have scored 60 per cent aggregate marks up to the seventh semester.