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Minister promises placement arrangements fro ITI students

Labour Minister C. T. Chellapandian distributing a free bi-cycle to a student at Government ITI in Ramanathapuram on Friday.Photo: L. Balachandar
Labour Minister C. T. Chellapandian distributing a free bi-cycle to a student at Government ITI in Ramanathapuram on Friday.Photo: L. Balachandar

: Labour Welfare Minister C.T. Chellapandian assured that the government make arrangements for placements for students of Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITI).

Addressing a function after distributing free bi-cycles to ITI students here on Friday, he said the students need not worry about their employment as the government was willing to make placement arrangements.

“You complete your course successfully, the government will get you employment,” the Minister said referring to the employment opportunities available for the ITI students. The ITI students were preferred to engineering graduates as they were employable, he said.

The students should take up their studies seriously, attend the practical classes without fail and complete the courses with flying colours, the Minister said. As the multinational companies expected the students to communicate in English, the Chief Minister had sanctioned Rs.75 crore for spoken English course to the students, he said.

He said all the 23,000 students in 62 government ITIs would be provided with two sets of free uniforms, replacing the existing Khaki uniform and a pair of shoes. Students who were pursuing computer courses in ITI were given free laptops, he said.

Distributing enhanced monthly assistance of Rs.500 to the students, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles S. Sundararaj suggested that the department design new courses in ITIs taking into consideration the recent developments in industrial sector. The officials could introduce new courses catering to the needs of the upcoming solar energy parks. They could introduce seafood industry based courses in this district, he said. Courses like fitter, welder and mechanical, started about 60 years ago, were still in vogue, he pointed out. In the Paramakudi ITI complex, which was started during K. Kamaraj regime in 1962, about 34 acres of land was still vacant, he said and urged the Labour Minister to start an ITI for women in the campus.

He said the ITI students, instead of expecting the government for jobs, should start their own ventures and become entrepreneurs after availing loans from nationalised banks. “Hard work will always take you to greater heights in life,” he said.

Collector K.Nanthakumar said the government proposed to start three ITIs in Thiruvadanai and Kadaladi in the coming academic year. A two month short term course on construction would be introduced in ITIs, he added.

Pointing out that the government has enhanced the monthly assistance from Rs.100 to Rs.500, he said the students should make use of the welfare assistance provided by the government and help to develop the district and state.

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