CII working closely with government and colleges to create more jobs

It is wrong to suggest lack of employment opportunities: CII representative

It is wrong to suggest lack of employment opportunities: CII representative

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has started working with the government and higher education institutions in the Union Territory to prepare students for employment in local industrial units, representatives of the CII Puducherry unit said here on Thursday.

Addressing a joint press conference, Puducherry Chapter President of CII S. Surendra and Vice President A. Joseph Rosario said that it is wrong to suggest that there is a lack of employment opportunities for local students studying various courses in higher educational institutions.

“In fact, there are a lot of opportunities available in industrial establishments in the Union Territory. The fact is that we are not getting the desired manpower. For this we have to prepare such courses which can generate employment for the students in local industries. The needs of the industries should be assessed and courses designed accordingly. We (CII) have started working with engineering, arts and science colleges and ITIs to help make students more employable,” Mr. Surendra said.

Students are allowed to take industrial tours with the faculty to understand the various aspects involved in the working of business houses. He said there was a need for greater collaboration between the government, educational institutions and CII to design the curriculum and identify ways to improve the skills of the students so that they can be absorbed locally.

The present needs of most of the industries in Puducherry are met through laborers from North India. Now, labor supplying states like Uttar Pradesh have also started demanding huge investment to set up enterprises. This move by such states will have a serious impact on the labor supply here, Mr. Rosario said.

Shri Surendra said that there have been many positive developments in the fast tracking projects in the Union Territory. The cabinet had approached the Center to get electricity for leasing land for industrial purposes. The government has allowed firms to use 60% of the available land for expansion. Some industrial houses have started expansion activities. He said that the move to expand the airport was a very positive development.

Mr Rosario said the government should focus on ease of doing business, appoint an expert for better coordination, improve inter-departmental coordination for renewal of licenses and address issues related to power distribution .

“The Union Territory has many advantages, including peaceful environment, surplus availability of power and easy access for ministers and officials. We just need to provide talent and make it easier to do business,” Mr. Surendra said.