Sunil Mahajan, Director, CIDC, New Delhi

Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC), New Delhi, has been set up in March, 1996 by the Planning Commission, Government of India along with the constituents of Indian Construction Industry as the apex organization with the twin objectives of professionalizing the functioning and providing systemic institutional structure to various construction activities.

HRD for Construction workers in India was one of the first major development projects taken up by CIDC. The immense size of the work force, its unorganized nature, mobility and non-permanence of the workers made it mandatory to adopt non-conventional techniques for imparting instruction.

Overall Achievements

  • Recipient of Golden Peacock National Training Award (2007-08) for the initiative “Holistic Human Resource Development (HHRD) for the Marginalized Segment of Indian Society".
  • Recognition of Construction Sector as an Industry.
  • Setting up the first Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Centre for Construction Contracts.
  • Development and application of systems for Construction Financing, Banking and Taxation.
  • Development & Implementation of Grading System.
  • Networking with National and International construction bodies.
  • Establishing a Construction Equipment Bank.
  • Development of Insurance cover/ Investments for construction sector Projects.
  • Development of RBI approved Harmonized Eligibility Criteria for Lending to Construction Entities
  • Initiating and organizing setting up of institutions to meet the challenges and opportunities thrown up in the era of Globalization and WTO. Initiatives for mutual recognition under Washington Accord are a case in point.

Notable achievements in HRD Initiatives are:

  • Association of 3 National Universities, and their active involvement in all the stages of our current program.
  • Establishment of more than 100 Training Centres across the country with adequate training facilities and the successful dissemination of various programs
  • Inclusion of a prequalification condition in NHAI's tender documents stating a minimum of 5% of trained and certified workers to be employed in order to be eligible for any of the bid invited by NHAI.
  • Contract Clause introduced by Military Engineering Services for the Mandatory Employment of 25% trained and certified workforce in all contracts.
  • Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (vide G.O.Ms.No.61 dated 11-04-2000 issued by Transport, Road & Buildings (R.III) Department) has introduced a voluntary cess of 0.25% to be deducted from the bill of all the civil contractors, this amount is deducted for training and certification activities of construction workers.
  • Ministry of Labor has authorized CIDC as the nodal agency for certification of construction workers under their scheme of “Certification of skills of workers in the Informal Sector" during 10th Five Year Plan.

Affiliations and Authorisations

  • CIDC joined hands with Assam University, Silchar, Assam, Periyar Maniammai University, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu and Indira Gandhi National Open University, to contribute towards the development of human resource in construction related areas and to design and implement education programs for professionals and construction workers.
  • Ministry of Labor, Govt. of India, DGET, CIDC as an Assessing Body – MOL has launched a Skill Development Initiative (SDI) to train, test & certify skills of persons, which shall increase employability and productivity to meet work force requirements and sustain global competitiveness.
  • CIDC signed an MoU with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) with the purpose to explore collaborative initiatives that will address the skill requirements of the Construction Industry, both in India as well in Canada.
  • Signed agreement with Chanakya Law University, Patna with a view to contribute towards developing resources in the field of arbitration and dispute resolution related to the Construction Industry.
  • Signed MoU with Govt, of Haryana, to certify the skills of workmen in various grades already engaged in construction works and evolvement of the same and recognition through informal modes of training.
  • Signed MoU with Govt. of Bihar, to upgrade skills and knowledge of workmen, already having skills imparted by the ITI's of various states and to produce world class work force and training, testing and certification of urban unemployed youth in the construction sector under the. SGSY Scheme.
  • Signed MoU with Govt. of Madhya Pradesh with the purpose of development of human resource in the construction sector through testing & certification; to recognize and create avenues for suitable livelihoods and to improve the quality of construction works and develop a world class workforce.
  • Signed MoU with Chhattisgarh Housing Board, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, to train and certify masons. An MoU with Naya Raipur Development Authority, Govt. of Chhattisgarh has also been signed to provide training in construction trades to the Project Affected Persons (PAP) of Rekhi Village and to enable them to become employable in various organisations.
  • Signed MoU with SC/ ST/ OBC/ Minorities/ Handicapped Finance Development Corporation, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, to develop a system to certify and recognise the available skills of slum dwellers in Delhi.
  • MoU signed with Govt. of Rajasthan, for testing and certification of the skill sets of workmen who have acquired their skills through either family traditions or by virtue of being employed in Construction Industry for a substantial period and to impart training under Self- employment Scheme for the Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS) of Rajasthan State.
  • MoU signed with Govt., of Andhra Pradesh, to impart short duration training (1 week) to woman sub committee members of Mandal Mahila Samakhyas and to impart short duration construction related training to the unemployed youth of the state. Association with Corporates
  • MoU signed with Universal Construction Machinery and Equipments Ltd., for training of electricians, concrete mixer operators, land surveyors, bar benders, masons, mechanics and welders.
  • Signed an MoU with Escorts Construction Equipment Ltd., training of operators for the construction equipment being manufactured and marketed by ECEL at the ECEL Training Centres at Faridbad and Bangalore.
  • Signed MoU with Reliance Energy Ltd. For providing training to the project affected persons in REL's two ultra mega plants at Sasan and Krishnapatnam.
  • Signed MoU with SEW Construction Ltd., to cater to the in house training requirements of SEW Constrcution by setting up a dedicated Training Centre to train, test and certify their employees as per their specific needs.
It is worthwhile to mention that apart from initiatives at the domestic front, CIDC is also receiving active support in its endeavours from several important global organisations as well, such as International Labour Organisation (in propagating values, norms & procedures on Safety and quality among construction workers). SAARC Construction Industry Council, Asian Forum, Japan, Asian Concrete Institute, Japan
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