TAMIL NADU

Employment mela held at Tuticorin

TUTICORIN, MARCH 11. An employment mela, organised by the Department of Employment and Training, was held at the district employment office here today.

According to sources, 17 employers from the private sector offered 221 vacancies to the jobseekers. It included nurses, computer operators, textile technicians, sales managers and matriculation teachers. A total of 75 applicants turned up.

Later speaking to The Hindu , P. Paul Thangam, District Employment Officer, said the programme was conducted with an objective of providing an opportunity for the employers and job seekers to meet under one roof.

"The mela, which is conducted every month, gives chances for the youth to secure jobs easily."

Exam assistance

On other initiatives made by the office of the DEO for the youth, Mr. Thangam said, "We are giving assistance and guidance to civil service aspirants as well as those appearing for examinations conducted by Railway Recruitment Board and Uniform Services Recruitment Board through a study circle established here."

The library at the office was kept open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days except Sunday for the benefit of them, he said.

Access to the library was free and aspirants were offered a wide collection of books and manuals, which were not readily available in Tuticorin, the DEO said.

"The books are mainly on political science, pubic administration, geography, sociology, history and Tamil literature, which are the common choice for optional papers, among civil service candidates."

The DEO said Rs.60,000 was allotted by the State Government annually for purchase of books, paying honorarium to resource persons, who take classes for candidates appearing for the RRB and USRB exams and other miscellaneous expenses.

"Plans were there to introduce contact classes for civil service aspirants provided 10 or more students got enrolled for a particular optional subject," he said.