Builders Association India (BAI) inks MoU Ramakrishna Mission Vidhyalaya

Builders Association of India (BAI) inks MoU with Ramakrishna Mission Vidhyalaya

The Builders Association of India (BAI), Coimbatore, and Ramakrishna Mission Vidhyalaya have inked a pact on setting up of an institution to promote training of skilled artisans in the field of construction industry.

The institution, to be known as ‘School of Construction Artisans’, is expected to start functioning by January next year.

The institution is expected to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of skilled artisans in the construction industry.

G Srinivasan, chairman of BAI, pointed out that when an extensive construction and infrastructure building activity is happening on one side, the other side faces an acute shortage of skilled and certified personnel.

“At present, there are over 31 million people employed in the industry, many of whom do not have any formal training, which reflects on the quality of work and productivity,” said Srinivasan.

The new institution would roll out advanced courses on the construction management side. The Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women would support the programme, he added.

BAI’s training committee chairman B Jayaram said that many engineering colleges fail to offer courses like civil engineering.

“Even the artisans in the field of civil engineering do not want their wards to take up the trade due to lack of recognition in the society,” he said adding that this had resulted in huge shortage of work force.

As per the MoU, the BAI would build a hostel block and training yard at a cost of Rs.85 lakh.

“1,300 students will be trained every year to become masons, bar tenders, carpenters and so on,” he pointed out.

Each student will undergo three months training followed by 12 months of on-site internship.

Free boarding and lodging to the students will be provided during training.

Jayaraman said that the students, at the completion of the course, would be absorbed by the member companies of BAI and would help the rural poor and dropouts get a dignified career.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Arora, Inspector General of Police (West Zone) said that while 60 percent of the workforce in the West and 28 percent of workforce in Mexico are trained and productive, only five percent of our workforce has undergone training.

The MoU was signed between chairman of BAI Srinivasan and secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Atmaramananda.