IIIC

The Government of Kerala through KASE has set up Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC) at Chavara, Kollam, which is of international standards with the aim of offering high end courses in Construction Engineering and Management and also providing skill training for workforce ranging from trades including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical etc., to draftsman with CAD expertise, supervisor and site manager etc. IIIC would impart skill training for technical personnel like ITI certificate-holders, diploma holders and engineering graduates, and would make them readily employable in national and international market. The possibility to affiliate with organisations like Singapore Building Construction College, National Construction Academy of UK etc. is being explored. At present, the first phase construction of IIIC has been completed, and the classes are expected to commence shortly. Majority of the construction labour are migrants. The new entrants as well as the existing workers lack technical knowledge and work skills required for the construction industry in general and infrastructure construction in particular. The skill gap is felt in the supervisory level as well as middle and top managerial levels also. Personnel with commensurate knowledge in construction techniques and best practices are not available and the lack of practical exposure to the students passing out of Engineering colleges or ITIs necessitates them to undergo courses that are designed to impart required skill sets to make them readily employable.