Kerala plans online portal to help job hunters from mid June
By Shenoy Karun
KOCHI: A monster of an idea to provide jobs to skilled graduates of the state is on the anvil.
Kerala's labour ministry is launching an online job portal to facilitate recruiters to reach out to the state's job seekers. The portal, modelled after big names like Monster and Naukri, is being launched by the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Council (ODPEC), the recruitment agency under the labour ministry.
The website - www.odpec.kerala.gov.in - will be available by mid-June. It will be complete with alert mechanism including email notes and notifications.
ODPEC is following time-tested revenue model and has made the website free for job seekers and career aspirants. But recruiters may have to pay a fee to ODPEC for the services, said G L Muraleedharan, its managing director.
"Any job aspirant can register as we will be catering to both skilled and unskilled job seekers," Muraleedharan said. "A relatively small fee would be charged from job seekers also. But the Kerala government hasn't taken the final decision on this," he said. The payment gateway for the portal is being set up by the State Bank of Travancore. "ODPEC's manpower division is currently focussing on international recruitment, but the online portal will mark our entry into the domestic market," he said. The state has 4.3 million unemployed registered with the employment exchanges in the state. One of the groups that the new portal will be focusing on is engineering graduates in the state. "We have around 36,000 engineering graduates passing out every year and only 30% of them get campus placements. Our aim is to cater to the rest," Muraleedharan said.
Thiruvananthapuram-based ODPEC, founded in 1977, till last year had recruited only 6,000 candidates over its 34 years of existence. But lately, the council had ramped up its activities.
Last year it recruited doctors for Saudi Arabian health ministry from Srinagar, Bangalore and Hyderabad. It also recruited 45 skilled workers for a shipyard in Singapore this month.