TAMIL NADU

Industry’s help sought to equip students with technical skills

MADURAI: The State government will take steps for creating synergy between the School Education Department and industry, Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu said on Saturday.

At the valedictory function of SPEED (Southern Prosperity through Enhanced Economic Development), a two-day conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Madurai Zone, he sought the support of the captains of industry for the move that would help to equip students with technical skills so as to make them employable.

“School students will be large stakeholders in industrial progress. Taking note of that, the School Education Department wants to have an understanding with industry, for which the CII can play a catalytic role,” Mr. Thennarasu said. The vocational education now offered in higher secondary schools was certainly not in tune with the needs of industry.

Mr. Thennarasu also distributed ‘land delivery certificates’ to information technology companies that were setting up shop in the IT parks coming up at Vadapalanji and Ilandaikulam here. Among the companies that got 90-year lease land documents included HCL and Satyam (40 acres each) and Sutherland (5 acres).

Santhosh Babu, Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), who spoke about the initiatives taken by the State government, said the tenders for construction of the IT parks here would be completed by next month.

“Things are on the move as far as the Madurai IT parks are concerned. By having e-governance and e-connectivity across the State, we want the people to feel the government from wherever they are,” he said.