Kanara Industries Association(KIA) has been chosen as one of three Industrial Clusters (IC) for STRIVE (Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement) in Karnataka.

STRIVE is a World Bank funded project under which KIA-IC would train apprentices and place youth in various Industries in Dakshina Kannada. Students not only get hands-on experience at various member establishments including a stipend ranging from Rs.7500.00 upwards but also get technical and behavioural training and are prepared for the National Apprentice Certificate (NAC) issued by Government of India. Subsequently they are offered placement at the member establishment if found suitable.

Over 80 Industries under KIA-IC have issued support letters to KIA-IC to place apprentices in their Establishments. Already 48 apprentices are placed in different establishments with a target of training and placing 200 apprentices under this project in one year’s time.

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Under the STRIVE Project, KIA-IC has been approved to place apprentices for 5 trades, namely Fitter, Electrician, Welder, Mechanic Motor Vehicle, PASAA (Programming And Systems Administration Assistant). PASAA is a job oriented trade where preference is given for female candidates. A pool of candidates from rural Dakshina Kannada are ready to be placed under PASAA trade.




Basic Training Centre is where training on trade along with soft skills would be provided for youth who are school dropouts after 8th Std and upwards to enable them to pursue gainful employment. Trained youth would be placed for jobs under KIA-IC member Industries.


The project STRIVE is led under the able leadership of a few of the industry leaders in KIA-IC. For smooth execution of this project we have formed three committees namely Governing Council, Works & Procurement Committee, Grievance Redressal Committee. Governing Committee:

STRIVE – Governing Committee

Name Role Company Name
Prakash Kalbavi Chairman Kalbavi Cashews
Ajith Kamath Secretary Ajith Enterprises
Uday Kumar Naik Treasurer Durga Motors Co.
Athmika Amin Member Brahmas Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd
Pramod Kamath Member K Subraya Anantha Kamath & Sons
Anil G Nayak Member Nayak Rolling Shutters & Engineering Works
Subraya Pai Member Shree Venkatshwara Processors

STRIVE – Goods & Works Procurement Committee

Name Role Company Name
Gautham Krishnan Chairman GWASF Quality Castings (P) Ltd.
Ganesh Koran Secretary Elite Engineering Industries
Tukaram Prabhu Treasurer MMP Cashews
Robin Jose Member S R Propellers Pvt Ltd.
Amith Ramachandra Member Chiramith Precision (India)
Swapna Member Lamina Suspension Products Ltd.
Amith Member Amith Cashews

STRIVE – Grievance Redressal

Name Role Company Name
Jeevan Saldanha Chairman Spectrum Industries
Arun Padiyar Secretary Vinayaka Engineering Works
Jayakar Shettigar Member Gurucharan Industries
M D Poojary Member ND Sons Engineers
Purushotham Prabhu Member Phils Heavy Engineering Pvt Ltd
Surya B Member Srisun Engineering