Staff Reporter

Minister inaugurates Malabar Job Fest

Plan to open more ITIs in State

Job fetes to be conducted every year

KOZHIKODE: Labour Minister P.K. Gurudasan said here on Tuesday that the State, with the help of the Union government, would conduct orientation programmes for Information Technology graduates who plan to go abroad. The orientation programme will be conducted in all districts.

The Minister was here to inaugurate ‘Malabar Job Fest-2008,’ organised jointly by the district administration and the Industrial Training Department, at Government Girls VHSS.

He said the government planned to open 48 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the State. Only one ITI had come up in the State during the last 15 years, at Attappady in Palakkad district. The government had received 48 applications for setting up new ITIs. As priority, 20 proposals were forwarded for further procedures, including preparation of estimates.

He said nine ITIs had been raised to the status of ‘Centres of Excellence.’ Finishing schools were started in 10 ITIs in the State. The government’s policy was to create skilled employees to meet the needs of the growing economy and industry. The need of the hour was to change training in labour in educational institutions as modern industrial units needed multi-skilled talented employees.

He said the government was moving ahead with its plan to open more ITIs with Central aid of Rs 2.5 crore, with private participation. The fee and admission pattern will be the same as that of the existing ITIs. Reservation policies will also be similar to that followed in existing ITIs. Short-term intensive training centres would be started in all the districts.

The Minister said the government had spent Rs.2 crore to start job clubs in ITIs in the State.

He said job fests would be conducted every year. District Collector A. Jayathilak said candidates from the State faced a problem of “lack of employability.” Mayor, M.Bhaskaran presided.