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Jul 27, 2009

22 new industrial estates in TN soon !!

The Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) is keen to help the enterprising entrepreneurs by offering them land on a reasonable lease or rent for starting any industrial facility of their choice in the State, said its Chairman and Managing Director D Rajendran.Speaking at a seminar on ‘UNIDO’s Industrial Development Report 2009’ in the city on Saturday, Rajendran said that under the State Government’s entrepreneurial development programme, schemes were formulated to help BE degree holders and diploma holders in engineering with a tailormade training programme so that they could be suitably employed by the industry.

“Every year one lakh BE graduates pass out of various engineering colleges in the State. Many of them are not employable. Only very few get jobs based on their merit. With proper skill training, most of them could be made employable,” he said.Rajendran said that Tamil Nadu would have 22 new industrial estates at a total cost of Rs 78 crore and lands for 20 estates had already been identified.

He also said that five industrial clusters — auto (Chennai), pump and foundries (Coimbatore), hosiery (Tirupur), leather (Ambur and Vaniyambadi) and cereals and pulses (Madurai) — had been functioning well in the State.

R Ramamurthy, convenor, CSR Panel, FICCI, TNSC, said that the country should become globally competitive to face all types of economic challenges and move forward with the help of the knowledge resource available along with human and natural resources.V A George, chairman, Knowledge Xchange, dwelt at length on how the UNIDO report had addressed the problems faced by the developing countries in the wake of economic meltdown and recession and how quality education could bring about the desirable changes in society.

K Venkataraman, former MD, UNIDO and chairman, PERT, wanted the policy-makers to study the Industrial Development Report properly and devise programmes to tackle the emerging global situation after the slowdown with the help of the Skill Development Corporation already in place. Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi, Special Adviser, UNIDO, said that the Industrial Development Report released by UNIDO on February 23 in London acted as a pointer to the economists to find ways and means to put the economy on the track and make it moving, really.

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