The Southern District Regional meet of the Heads of Institutes of Engg Colleges, Poly Technics, ITIs, HSS/VHSEs was held on 8-July-2019, at Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction, an Institute administered by KASE under the Labour Ministry of Govt. of Kerala. Smt. Mercykutty Amma, Minister of Fisheries, Govt of Kerala, inaugurated the function. Principals of Govt. colleges, aided colleges, ITIs, schools, vocational higher secondary schools and heads of private educational institutions from Trivandrum, Kollam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts attended the meeting. The minister said that the objectives of IIIC to introduce students to the latest methods and tools in their respective fields and equip them with various skills required to make them employable in the job market are very effective in the prevailing condition of unemployment. Minister stated that, it is painful to note that there are only very few who are qualified with required skills for employment despite having adequate educational qualifications This is because of lack of facilities which impart good skill training. Minister mentioned that though the experienced traditional employees are good at their job, absence of a certificate from a recognised institution like IIIC is an obstacle for their career progression which in turn effects their financial growth. The Minister shared the optimism about IIIC, an innovative concept that connects academic curriculum and industrial skills. The minister said that such meetings would help disseminate information regarding IIIC, the courses offered here and employment opportunities IIIC provide, to reach students at all levels. Minister urged participants to share the details they acquired during the seminar about IIIC to be shared with all students and Parents. The fact that ULCCS, the society which manages IIIC, who ensures accuracy, integrity and efficiency in every endeavour they take up, gives more hope about this institute, Minister emphasised. Sri. Vijayan Pillai, MLA of Chavara constituency presided over the meeting. MLA concluded his speech by wishing all the best to IIIC, which puts all its efforts to make sure that the next generation have a better future. Mr. TP Sethumadhavan, Director, UL Education, delivered the keynote address. He mentioned that the employment opportunities that IIIC opens to the youth will be an asset to the country. He also explained about PlaceX, a seminar IIIC conducts periodically before formulating and starting each course, to identify latest skills required for the current industry, through talks, presentations and discussions by invited eminent industrialists. The participating entrepreneurs and Industry leaders discussed about various new job oriented courses required for the next 5 years in this get together. Sri. T. P. Sethumadhavan added that all the courses at IIIC are formulated based on the recommendations from well known Captains of industries. An over view about 20 new courses about to start from August 2019 and its description was one of the highlights of the meeting. Dr. Chitraprasad, Director IIIC and Cdr. Vinod Sankar, HOD, Mechanical Deptartment, Dr. Sunilkumar, HOD-Civil Department answered question from the participants. Shri. K. Raghavan, Director, UL Education Administration, thanked everyone who participated to conclude the session.
08 August 2019