TAMIL NADU

Job fair draws huge crowd in Virudhunagar

For a bright future: Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, MP, interacting with an employer at the job mela in Virudhunagar on Thursday. (From left to right) Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu and Minister for Backward Classes Welfare K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, look on.

For a bright future: Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, MP, interacting with an employer at the job mela in Virudhunagar on Thursday. (From left to right) Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu and Minister for Backward Classes Welfare K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, look on.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. Ganesan

Over 140 companies take part; 6,338 candidates get offer letters

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Six months have passed since A. Ananthi of Rajapalayam completed her Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery. She wanted to find a job for herself. R. Veera Subramani of Virudhunagar has been a fitter in a textile mill here for six years. Though he was earning a handsome Rs.7,000 a month, this ITI-holder was wary about his future in the industry. He wanted to switch over to engineering field for a better career.

Both Ms. Ananthi and Mr. Veera Subramani came from different places and their requirements were different. Yet, their wishes got fulfilled on the same day, surprisingly, in their first attempt. Thanks to the two-day job fair, ‘Kalaingar 85,’ organised by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam that began here on Thursday.

Hundreds of job-aspirants descended on the sprawling ground of Kshatriya Vidhayalaya School and the nearby vacant land belonging to the Agricultural Marketing Committee despite the cloudy sky that opened up later in the day.

Day one of the fair was for graduates, post-graduates, engineers and technically qualified persons with a diploma or an ITI certificate in varied fields. Over 11,057 persons turned up at the mela seeking greener pastures, where over 140 companies from different industries -- from software to printing press -- from as far as Secunderabad had queued up to tap the employability potential of the district.

At the end of the first day, as many as 6,338 persons were given offer letters and another 3,450 applications were under process.

Fitting honour to Karunanidhi

“This (job fair) is a fitting way of honouring the leader (M. Karunanidhi), who through the Dravidian movement, has been fighting to fetch the denied opportunities to backward classes of the society,” said Rajya Sabha member, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi. “We hope to break the barriers between the companies (employers) and the (job-seeking) candidates through Kalaingar 85,” she said.

Stating that most of the employers, who did not look beyond Chennai and Coimbatore to find prospective employees, had come to Virudhunagar, she said, “Even if all the candidates do not get a placement, they will get to know what the expectation of the industry is. This will make them aware of their opportunities, boost their confidence and guide them in their future endeavours,” she said.

Over 32,000 candidates have registered themselves to give a try to fill up 49,000 vacancies in the companies registered for the fair.

The Minister for School Education, Thangam Thennarasu, expected that more candidates with high school or higher secondary qualification and seeking jobs as drivers, tailors and assistants would find themselves placed during the second day of job mela on Friday.

Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, said that the aim of the mela was to see that youths of the region found a job of their choice.

Similar job fairs have been conducted at Nagercoil, Vellore and Udhagamandalam.

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