Common welder certificate for Asian region

Coimbatore, Jan 19 (PTI) To attract youngsters to work aswelders, Asian Welders Federation, an newly formed apex bodyof welding industry, is working out a new Common WelderQualification, which would be valid in any of the Asiancountries, unlike the different standards and certificatesprevailing in various countries.

The draft scheme for the certification was given shape ata meeting of the Federation at Delhi in November last year,which would be finalised at its meeting in Beijing scheduledin May, M Rajasekharan, secretary, Indian Welding Society,told PTI.

Modalities like duration of the training course would beworked after the approval in the meeting by representatives of13 countries, which are the members of the Federation,including Japan, Singapore, China, India, Korea, Malaysia andimplemented by July or August, he said.

Rajasekharan said in the next five years the requirement ofwelders in India alone would be over 50,000, as there wasacute shortage at present.

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