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  • Officials claim Emerging kerala project is on right track

    As the financial year is coming to close Industries department officials claims that the projects showcased at the Emerging Kerala summit are on right track, putting to rest all speculations about the project not making much headway.

    "The investment promotion board led by additional chief secretary V Somasundaram regularly reviews the projects. A memorandum of understanding was signed with Bosch for a skill development research and training centre today," KSIDC executive director P Nandakumar said.

    He said some projects like the Sri Ramunujan Institute of Research in Basic Sciences (SRIBS) at Kottayam and Kids Lab in Thiruvananthapuram had already been launched. A detailed project report was expected to be completed in five months for mega projects like the Rs 6,000-crore petrochemical projects of BPCL in Kochi. The proposal to set up a Rs 100-crore medical devices cluster at Kazhakootam Life Science Park is also on track, he said.

    KSIDC general manager and nodal officer for science and technology projects A C Rajan said eight of the 11 major science and technology projects were progressing in a time-bound manner. "These include the Rs 100-crore science city project in Kottayam, the herbal medicinal project and Arogyapacha production unit at Puthenthopu near Tropical Botanical Garden Research Institute, life science park and food and biotech park at Harippad," he said.

    Officials said as many as 20 education projects, 35 tourism projects and many energy projects like the Rs 500-crore solar plant in Palakkad and the Rs 600-crore wind mill unit in Palakkad were on track. "The mega projects will take at least two years to be completed. For many of them, joint venture tie-ups are on and land acquisition has begun," Rajan said.

    Somasundaram said the Kochi refinery's joint venture with LG Chem of Korea for a petro-chemical complex would begin in five months. Land has been earmarked for the Rs 100-crore aluminium extrusion plant at the Alappuzha industrial park and the project is expected to begin soon. He said work for the Rs 100-crore medical devices cluster was expected to begin in three months.

    Skill development centres in association with BOSCH

    The state government on Tuesday signed an agreement with German major Bosch Rexroth to set up 16 knowledge and skill development training centres at educational institutions across the state, for mechatronics engineering and automotive technology.

    KSIDC executive director P Nandakumar said the agreement, which included an initial investment of Rs 10 crore, would boost the industry-institute interaction in the state, with students being permitted for frequent industrial visits and equipping them for placements. Over three lakh students at the under-graduate level were likely to benefit.

    The centres will be set up on a public-private partnership basis. Initially, two training centres - a centre of excellence in mechatronics and robotics at College of Engineering, Trivandrum and a centre for competence for tailor-made courses in hydraulics, pneumatics and electromechanical engineering at Government Polytechnic College, Kalamassery - will be set up.

    "After training, the students can be directly recruited to the industry. Bosch Group itself has 26 companies, including suppliers who will ensure campus placements," technical coordinator, international relations group in higher education department, Bindu Kumar said.

    He said the 12 faculty staff for the centres would be given a 30-day training at Bosch Training Centre in Mysore while two select staff would be trained further in Germany.

    The MoU was signed by Bosch Rexroth Drive and Control Academy director Peter Gorzyza and higher education additional chief secretary K M Abraham.

    Source: TOI