TIRUCHI: Encouraged by the overwhelming response from the rural youths to undergo training on construction technique through the Dalmia Institute of Construction, the Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited (DCBL) has planned to start similar institutes at a few more centres in the state, its Chief Executive Officer and Wholetime Director T. Venkatesan said.
Addressing presspersons after distributing certificates to the first batch of 10 rural youths who completed the training at the Institute started in February this year, Mr. Venkatesan said that all the ten candidates who had undergone the training had immediately got placement opportunities in various construction and design firms with a monthly pay package ranging between Rs.7,000 and Rs. 12,000.
Pointing out that there was a growing demand for skilled professionals in the construction industry, he said that the Dalmia Cement has planned to start similar institutes in at least three places - Coimbatore, Madurai and Thanjavur in course of time.
Based on the experience gained during its maiden effort, the DCBL has also planned to step up the duration of the training period from the previous four months to six months.
On the achievements of the Dalmia Cement, he said that the annual production at the Dalmiapuram plant would reach 37 lakh tonnes this financial year, and 40 lakhs tonnes during the next year.
Work on the plants at Cuddapah and Ariyalur, with an annual production capacity of 20 lakh tonnes each, was in progress.
While the Cuddapah plant would be commissioned within three months, the other at Ariyalur would go on stream by the middle of 2009.
The DCBL was a pioneer in the area of production of special cements - oil-well cement and sleeper cement, he said.
To a question, Mr. Viswanathan replied that the DCBL would, on demand, prepare cement of specific quality ideal for use in the repair or maintenance of ancient structures, including heritage sites or historical monuments.
The Executive Director, Antony Joseph, said that the training included theoretical lectures by professionals and faculty from the industry; practical training on cement and its use and on-site training on latest construction technology.