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The New Indian Express |  Saumesh Thimbath | 04th February 2016 |

KOCHI: The engineering graduates might be hovering around the no-employment zone, but those enrolled in the various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state are moving towards a lucrative future. The global  manufacturing majors such as Volkswagen, Samsung and Toyota have turned the ITI campuses into poaching ground to acquire new talents.

Even the desi giants like Mahindra&Mahindra and Maruti too have taken a cue from their international counterparts. They too have set up their training centres on the ITI campuses to provide direct training to their future employees, making them job-ready. C P Vijayakumar, principal of ITI, Kalamassery, said both Volkswagen and Samsung have set up their training centres on the campus as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.  The Thiruvananthapuram ITI has units set up by Yamaha and Mahindra&Mahindra. Maruti holds training sessions at the ITIs in Kalamassery, Ettumanoor, Chackai, Thiruvanthapuram, Kozhikode, Mala and Chandanathope, Kollam. Toyota has a school at ITI Chalakudy. – Courtesy

‘Students Given Training in Theory and Practical’ –  The New Indian Express |  Saumesh Thimbath | 04th February 2016 |

KOCHI: The salary package for ITIans is about `1.8 to `2 lakh per annum, compared to `3 lakh starting package for an engineering graduate. “Students are selected based on their abilities and interests. The training is very specific. For example, the training in petrol and diesel engines for Volkswagen is held separately. It is not confined to the technical side alone. They give equal weightage to theories as well,” Vijayakumar said. Nearly 450 students have already been absorbed by various companies from the institute last year. The students who are not fortunate enough to step into the MNC environment are employed at various small scale industries.  A Maruti Suzuki official pegs the number of students recruited by the company from ITIs in Kerala last year at 400. The close to 100 per cent placement stands in stark contrast to the number of engineering graduates who fail to break into the manufacturing industry.

But, an ex-student of College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) who works at M&M, said even though the technical skills students gain in ITIs are excellent, that might not be enough for them to become leading engineers. “People who pass out of ITIs are excellent with their technical skills. But it may not be enough to replace the training that one gets at an engineering college where the students are exposed to theoretical and managerial aspects. “An engineering student spends five years studying the subject, whereas ITI students spend a year or two on their training,” he explained. – Courtesy


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