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Placex 2020 begins at IIIC, Chavara

Placex 2020 the two day industry workshop to ensure academia industry interface in
skilling begins at Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC), Chavara, Kollam.
Placex 2020 envisages in updating the curricula based on industry interface. 200
representatives from industries along with faculty and students are participating in the two day
virtual event. Principal Secretary Labour &Skills, Govt of Kerala Sathyajeethrajan IAS
inaugurated the third edition of Placex. While inaugurating the event, he suggested that online
educational platforms can be very effectively used for engineering and skilling programmes. In
tune with the changing environment ULCCS and Indian institute of infrastructure and
construction is organising the third edition of Placex through online with the technical  support
from KASE and industries.
Across the country skilling is emerging as a real time solution for improving employability of
educated youth. As far as India is considered, the country has more than 51 percent of youth
below 28 years of age. Gen Zers   of 18- 24 years form 1/3 rd of population. Unemployment is
increasing at a higher rate in unorganised sectors across the world. There lies a huge gap
between available and required skills. Need of the hour is to bridge this gap. Central and State
Governments are involved in appropriate skill development programmes through various
training providers. ULCCS is a 95 year old co- operative involved in skill development at
different levels. ULCCS is associating with KASE through Indian institute of infrastructure and
construction. IIIC is offering technician, supervisory and managerial level programmes. Skill
development programmes require market centred industry oriented curricula. Then only
satisfactory level of placements can be achieved. This require frequent academia industry
interactions. This will pave way for updating the existing curricula and offering new
programmes required for the industry. Sathyajeeth rajan added.
While delivering the keynote address, Head of Edutech Business of L&T
Nagendran Soundararajan suggested that skilling is a continuous process. Skill envisages the
succesful application of knowledge. Online classes should include short lectures, videos,

demonstrations, quizzes and virtual interactive platforms. Then only it can be made student
friendly. He added. While delivering the presidential address Chairman ULCCS Rameshan Paleri
suggested that bridging the skill gap among the educated youth need to be given more
attention. While delivering the introductory address Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan Director of UL-
Education explained the need for increasing the skilling of working force in the country.
Currently only 5 percent of the workforce is getting appropriate skilling whereas in China it is 24
percent and in US it is 52 percent and in UK it is 68 percent. Director of IIIC Dr.G.Shreekumar
menon presented the activities of the institute.
Neeraj Bansal, Partner &Head, KPMG IndiaDr.Amarnath.C.B, Head BIM at L&T, Prasanth.K,
Group manager ESRI, Lalu Varghese, MD, CSS India, Dr.Udayakumar, National Vice Chair-ISHRAE
presented papers. Facility management students presented a project on post Covid protocols
for academic institutions. Raveendran Kasturi, CEO, ULCCS offered felicitations and Raghavan.K,
Director (Admin) expressed voted of thanks.