The Telegraph
Thursday , October 11 , 2012
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B-school set to hire rural tech force

Ranchi, Oct. 10: Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ranchi is well on its way to help the state government hire 200 engineers for completing rural road projects across Jharkhand.

The premier institute, which was given a first-of-its-kind task of carrying out the selection process, will conduct interviews at a city hotel on October 13 and 14 to screen 541 eligible candidates vying for the posts of 150 junior engineers and 50 assistant engineers.

IIM-R will recruit the 200 engineers on contractual basis on behalf of Jharkhand State Rural Roads Development Authority, the agency executing Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) that is sponsored by the Union rural development ministry.

The institute held a written test to shortlist the candidates on September 23 at a city school. While 157 qualified for the interviews for the post of junior engineer, 384 cleared the first hurdle for the job of assistant engineer.

The rural works department, under which JSRRDA functions, has a mammoth task ahead, as it is engaged in setting up 5,000km roads.

Technical secretary, rural works, P. Anjana Devi admitted that the department was facing acute scarcity of engineers to implement PMGSY projects for all-weather roads in the hinterland. “This year alone, the budgetary allocation is Rs 800 crore and we aim to complete construction of 2,500km to 3,000km roads,” the official told The Telegraph.

P. Anjana Devi added that once the department received recommendations from IIM-R, it would be organise training of the recruits and acclimatise them with work conditions.

The government is banking on IIM-R to quickly hire the engineers by engaging experts of the institute to gauge the prospective candidates.

With state agencies such as Jharkhand Public Service Commission taking much longer to recruit officials, it is not surprising that the government has allowed the management institute to have its say in the selection procedure.

The state is also planning to invite tenders to rope in contractors for various projects under Phase 10 of PMGSY, while engineers are busy preparing detailed project reports for the next phase (2013-14).

The ongoing fiscal (2012-13) has thrown up challenges for the state in terms of heavy rain and scarcity of bitumen for timely completion of road projects.