TIRUCHI: “I had never dreamt of getting a certificate from a University, but today I could not only realise my ambition but also developed a confidence of my job opportunities,” said R. Rejivan, one of the young beneficiaries at the end of the three-month long training programme offered by the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Career Development (IECD) of the Bharathidasan University.
He was one among the 78 persons who got the certificate for three different courses – Electrician, Welder and Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration mechanism. While the first two courses were offered for exclusively meant for school dropouts, the third course was sponsored by the Department of Slum Clearance Board. A total of 45 Electricians; 11 Welders and 22 A/c and Refrigerator mechanics got the certificate at a function held at the IECD campus here on Monday.
Speaking after distributing the certificates, Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko said that the Bharathidasan University was the first higher educational institution in the State to impart the programme, with a view to enhancing the employability skills of the trainees. The Electricians and Welders, despite their skill in the trade, were not eligible for any placement as they all were school-level dropouts. The University would take steps to strengthen the infrastructure by setting up the ‘Lab for innovation’ and ‘Lab for Skill Development’ on the IECD campus, he said.
Board Executive Engineer, Tiruchi, K.B. Dawlath, said that the IECD not only imparted quality skills to the targeted beneficiaries but also ensured their placement.
IECD Director K. Parthasarathy spoke.
Board Community Development Officer M. Selvakumar and IECD Co-ordinator S.V.A. Prakash spoke.