State to set up global skill lyceum: Minister Ramakrishnan

Four-day Zonal competitions of “India Skills Kerala 2018” begin

Thiruvananthapuram, April 11: The Kerala Government will be setting up a skill lyceum of global standards to foster fresh ventures, innovative ideas and research in skill development, Minister for Labour, Skills and Excise Shri T.P. Ramakrishnan said today.

The Minister was inaugurating the four-day zonal competitions of ‘India Skills Kerala 2018’, being organised by the Industrial Training Department and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), at Govt. ITI, Chackai here on Wednesday.

The zonal competitions are being held in three centres, including Chalakkudy and Kozhikode. 

Observing that adhering to global standards in skill education and training is essential to achieve excellence in a highly competitive world , Shri Ramakrishnan said the skill development of the youth is a priority area for the government.  

“KASE has been tasked with the mission of skill development in the state to provide expert training for the youth in various trades and vocations. The government will bring in drastic changes in the  commercial training projects and the standard of the ITIs will be upgraded,” he said. 

Work is in progress to upgrade the ITIs at Chackai and Kozhikode as international institutions. The ITIs at Katappana, Dhanuvachapuram, Kollam, Chengannur, Ettumanur, Chalakkudy, Malambuzha, Quoilandy, Kannur and Kayyur will also be upgraded to global standard institutions with the help of the state’s infrastructure development agency KIIFB, he said.

“Since the present government assumed power, about new nine ITIs have been set up.  As part of the revamp, courses in trades with little job opportunities will not be offered anymore, replacing them with new courses,” he said.

The Minister also announced that an accident insurance scheme will be implemented for ITI trainees.

 Shri Ramakrishnan also gave away cash awards and citations for the Best Principal, Best Group Instructor and Best Instructor in government  ITIs  for  the 2017-18 academic year.  

Awards were also given to the student-winner of the all-India and state-level skill competitions and their instructors.

Shri Dr. A. Sampath. MP; Shri K. Sreekumar, Corporation Health Standing Committee Chairman, Thiruvananthapuram;  Shri. P.K. Madhavan, Additional Director of Training; Shri. P. Rajan, Principal, ITI, Chackai; Shri. S. Babu, PTA President, ITI, Chackai; Shri. A. Shammi Baker, Vice Principal, ITI, Chackai; and Shri. Saneesh. S, Chairman, Training Council were also present.

The list of district-level winners is available at Winners and runners-up of each trade from the three zones will compete at the grand finale to be held at Marine Grounds, Kochi from April 28 to 30. 

 The winner at the state-level competitions in each trade will get Rs one lakh as prize money and the runner-up Rs 50,000. They will also be presented with a trophy and a citation.

A consolation prize of Rs 10,000 will be given to the participants who make it to the state-level competitions. There will be a total prize of Rs 38 lakh.

The state-level winners will represent Kerala at the ‘India Skills 2018’ being held in July, which will pave the way for their participation in the 45th World Skills Competition in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

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