Mines Vocational Training Centre

'Group Mines Vocational Training Centre' Under the Mines Vocational Training Rules 1966, is the only alternative for the Mining Industry in Kerala to improve the safety standard and to fill the gap between demand and supply of skilled man power.
N G Nair, Mining Consultant India.  About N G Nair from thottakom Vaikom KottayamMines Vocational Training Rules 1966.pdf 
‘Training for mine workers needed’

KOCHI: Minister for Public Works, P. J. Joseph, has urged the mining industry to impart proper training to the persons engaged in mining and associated works so as to ensure safety.

He was addressing the valedictory session of Mines Safety Week celebration, 2009, organised by the Tamil Nadu & Kerala Mines Safety Association Kerala Zone and Registered Metal Crusher Owners Association here on Sunday.

Mr. Joseph said the number of vehicles on the roads in Kerala was increasing by 10-13 per cent every year which pointed to the need for wider and better roads. The requirement for housing is also on the rise. Thus, there was an increased demand for sand for the construction work. The sand produced at the metal crushing units was in demand as the river sand had become scarce. Quality of the product would have to maintained and certification might be required. The number of accidents in the mining sector had declined and the situation needed to be sustained, he said.

B. P. Ahuja, Director of Mines Safety, Chennai Region, in his keynote address, underlined the need for safety training in mines. Training provided to the personnel in the mines sector in Kerala 11 months ago had reflected in the lack of fatal accidents since then, he said.

There are certain mines in Kerala which maintained good track record in safety measures. He also called for opening of more training centres for the mining industry workers.

Georgekutty Thomas, Secretary of the TN&KMSA Kerala Zone welcomed the gathering.