'Employment exchanges to be HRD centres'

Minister inaugurates silver jubilee of Ponnampet Govt womens ITI

Speaking after inaugurating silver jubilee celebration of Ponnampet Government Women’s Industrial Training Institute and a renovated building here on Saturday, he said “there is a great demand for professional courses. The MNCs select those who have undergone training in professional courses. By converting all the employment exchanges to HRD centres, efforts will be made to provide employment to the unemployed.”
The youths should upgrade their skills, he added.

The ITI was was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde in 1984. The Central and the state government released funds for the building in 2009. Those who undergo professional training in rural areas will be given training in English by the government.

The Minister said that there are 26 women’s ITIs in the State. About 568 students are undergoing training in ITI in Madikeri, Ponnampet and Aloor Siddapura in Kodagu district.

Lakhs of students have gained employment through 36 various professional training courses in the state. The state has 158 government, 250 unaided industrial training centres. About 1,36,000 students from ITI get employment every year.

Job fairs

He said the state government has organised 20 mega job fairs in 20 districts along with 170 mini job fairs. As many as 3,55,000 persons had registered for the fair and 2 lakh persons were successful in getting employment. The job fair aims at providing employment to the unemployed.

The government has earmarked Rs 25 crore to provide professional training to the students on PPP mode in the state.  Zilla Panchayat President Shantheyanda Ravi Kushalappa said “the state government has been releasing additional funds for the development of the district. All the efforts will be made to develop Ponnampet-Gonikoppa Gram Panchayats into model gram panchayats.”

Zilla Panchayat CEO N Krishnappa, member Mookalera Kushalappa, Taluk Panchayat member Daya Changappa and others were present. A souvenir ‘Belli deepa’ was released.

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