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Introduction of job-oriented skill development program
The Centre for Sustainable Rural Development and Research Studies (CSRD &RS) of VIT University organized a Job oriented Skill Development Program in Brahmapuram Village. The Skill Development Program aims to train the rural unemployed youth in different trades to get employed in various sectors starting from carpentry to BPO ( Business Process Outsourcing). This program is a joint venture of VIT University with CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and certified by City & Guilds (U.K.). Through this certification candidates can get the job opportunity across the globe.

About CII and City & Guilds:
CII and City & Guilds have launched a nationwide "Skills Initiative" to develop and spread the much needed, internationally benchmarked, occupational skills amongst India 's current and potential work force. This aims to make India the "Skills Capital of the World" and to create a skilled and productive workforce that matches international standards of quality and productivity. The drive spans across various sectors and industries like Agriculture, Construction, Food Processing, Hair dressing and beauty therapy, hospitality, manufacturing, travel & tourism etc.

The project involves training, testing and certification of skills in the respective sectors at various levels through a network for delivery of skill based training across the country. This would assist fresh candidates in acquiring new skills and experienced workers could use this to upgrade their skills or get them certified. The certificate would afford formal and widespread recognition to the candidates within the industry and aid them in acquiring employment commensurate with their skill level and would also ensure mobility of professionals from the unorganized to the organized sector. The training for these skills would be carried out at designated centers that are approved by City and Guilds and the training would focus on providing an individual with hands-on relevant practical skills for the work place.

This scheme is also applicable to the candidates who don't have formal education. Dr.Anand A.Samuel, registrar of VIT University briefed the role of VIT University in skill Development Program. BHEL General Manager Mr.Rao explained the role of BHEL. Indian Bank, Circle Head Mr.Kathiresan assured to provide loan up to rupees 25 lakhs to successful trainees for starting up ancillary units. Mr.Shakthivel, Project Officer, Mahalir Thitam, briefed various support for the programme. The Additional Collector, Mrs. Sajeewana mentioned about the possible loans with subsidy for the trainees. Mrs.V.Tamilarasi Venkatesan , President ,Brahmapuram Panchayat gave her felicitation.

Mr.G.Viswanathan, chancellor of VIT University while delivering his Chief Guest address mentioned "Instead of people searching for opportunity, the opportunity is at their doorstep now. They have to make use of this golden opportunity to increase their standard of living". Prof.Sankaran gave the Welcome address and Dean Dr.Chidambaram gave vote of thanks.

The other members present were Mr.Sankar Viswanathan Pro-chancellor Academic, Mr.G.V.Sampath Pro-chancellor Administration, Mr.A.Janakiraman Assistant Director (Estates), Mr.Nandakumar Public Relation officer, Mr.K.Baskaran Purchase officer and Project officer, Mr.Tamil Maran.

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