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Coimbatore, Aug. 29

THE Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has moved beyond seeking Government sops or support. It is today looking at partnering with the Government to build a stronger nation.

`Sustainable Competitiveness' is CII's theme for the current year and also its long-term vision. Unveiling the 2005-06 CII initiatives, Mr R. ParasuRaman, Chairman (Southern Region), told newspersons that the association would work with the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Women for providing vocational training to women. "We are contemplating to impart vocational training to 1,000 women in Coimbatore before the end of this fiscal. The training would be imparted through select institutes that have quality-training infrastructure in place. We will also help these women with placements," he added.

Mr ParasuRaman said CII has a mandate to train one lakh youth in various skills by 2010. "By April next, we intend to provide training to at least 5,000 economically challenged youth across the Southern region. "In the first phase, we are planning to train 500 boys and girls in Coimbatore within the next six months in electrical installation, plumbing and motor vehicle engineering. City and Guilds, UK is implementing this programme."

Under the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) Cluster Projects, CII has envisioned the launch of three new SME clusters. These are in addition to the two existing ones Pricol OEM SME Cluster (involving 10 vendors of Pricol) and Geographical SME Cluster (consisting of 10 SMEs from the Kurichi and Ganapathy Industrial Estates) at Coimbatore. "We are in talks with Elgi, LMW and Roots for clusters in auto components manufacture, engineering products and textile machinery manufacture. These clusters seek to enhance the internal competitiveness of the SMEs in cost, energy management and manufacturing excellence. We have recorded productivity improvement of up to 35 per cent," he added.

The association has proposed two new Young Indian (YI) chapters at Pondicherry and Mysore this year, thereby taking the total number of such chapters to seven in South. The Coimbatore chapter, launched five months back, has 47 members (including seven spouse members) till date. The programme aims at channelising the `YI' network towards holistic development of India.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 30, 2005)
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