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Four centres of excellence to be set up

To provide hi-tech training in association with industries: Jayalalithaa The Government allocated Rs. 10.76 crores for purchase of equipment, introduction of new trades and computerisation of ITIs.

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday said that the State Government would establish "centres of excellence" at Ambattur, Hosur, Coimbatore and Tiruchi at a total cost of Rs. 6.40 crores.

In a statement here, she said these centres would come up at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in the first phase of this new programme to provide hi-tech training in association with industries for creating world-class skilled workers.

Training would be imparted to candidates in different crafts. Training in automobile sector would be given at Ambattur ITI. The institutes at Hosur, Coimbatore and Tiruchi had been chosen for providing training in tools, equipment and machinery.

The programme would enable the candidates to acquire hi-tech training, besides getting placement in any part of the globe. Their knowledge in different skills would pave the way for enhancing productivity, she said.

Ms. Jayalalithaa highlighted various steps taken by the State Government during the last four years to promote facilities at the ITIs and improve training programmes in order to cater to the emerging needs of industries arising out of usage of sophisticated machinery and equipment owing to changes in technology.

Construction of the head office and buildings for ITIs had been completed at a cost of Rs. 6.60 crores.

The Government had earmarked Rs. 1 crore for maintenance of the ITIs, she said.

The Government had allocated Rs. 10.76 crores for the ongoing works related to purchase of modern equipment, introduction of new trades and computerisation of ITIs.

A total of Rs. 2.78 crores had been spent on establishment of ITIs exclusively for women at Karur, Namakkal and Andipatti, apart from introducing separate wings for them at the ITIs at Thanjavur, Hosur and Ramanathapuram to train them in trades such as computer application, electronics and tailoring, she said.

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