The Board of Apprenticeship Training (Southern Region), Chennai, has embarked upon a target of reaching out to 100 per cent of the student community and industrial sector for giving fillip to recruitment drive and improving job prospects, according to A.Ayyakannu, Director and Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser.

On the sidelines of the inauguration of the “I-T Job Fair-2012” organised at E.S. College of Engineering and Technology here on Saturday, Mr. Ayyakannau told The Hindu that the Board was getting ready its website that would become functional from March 25.

The Centre was encouraging the Board to go for e-governance and, therefore, to facilitate it, the portal was being constructed by Cognizant Technology Solutions at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh. After the completion of the standardisation process, it was now being put to security test.

Once ready, the website would enable individual candidates to file their applications (so they need not travel long distances for the purpose) and facilitate educational institutions to go for bulk registrations with the Board. Mr. Ayyakannau said the portal was being launched with the intention of covering 100 per cent student population right from Plus-Two to polytechnic colleges to engineering college level.

About the current job market, Mr. Ayyakannu said that except for about three months' interregnum - from November 2011 to February 2012 - when the global economic recession had a slight impact on the recruitment drive, now it was regaining stream.

After the advent of the website, industries could also notify the number of vacancies and hence, it would pave the way for a transparent recruitment process. The Board would also bring out four lakh of “Students information brochures” by the first quarter of 2012-2013 to disseminate information about job avenues.

Till now circulars were sent to principals and training and placement officers on this aspect. But, since some of the colleges were not passing on the information to students, the publication of brochures had been necessitated.

In Saturday's job fair, about 1,400 candidates and 25 companies participated. Mr. Ayyakannu said Cognizant Technology Solutions would provide placement with an annual pay package of Rs. 3 lakh to candidates who successfully clear three stages such as group discussion, aptitude test and interview.