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Posted on Feb 18, 05:17AM | UNI
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17 : Seeking to strengthen its traditional and flourishing retail system, Kerala will launch an institute for retail management under a government agency to meet the demand for manpower in the booming retail sector.
The Kerala State Cooperatives Consumers' Federation (Consumerfed), the apex body of the consumer cooperatives in the state which runs 3000 retail outlets, is bracing up to launch a Triveni Institute of Retail Management (TIRMA) in Idukki district.
'TIRMA will provide a six-month certificate course and a diploma course of one year with 60 students each. We may later start MBA courses in retail management,' Adv Joy Thomas Consumerfed President, told newspersons here today.
The institute is being constructed at a plot owned by the state electricity board at Cheruthoni. The students passing out from TIRMA can be assured jobs like that of supervisors and floor managers in Consumerfed's retail outlets - totalling 3,000, a third of which function directly under the federation.
Incidentally, Kerala can boast of a retail system which is more vibrant than other states and has served its economy well through a well-oiled network of retail outlets.