Tata Technologies entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for a period of 10 years with the Government of Karnataka to upgrade and modernize 150 Government-owned Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across Karnataka as part of the initiative to conceive and implement projects of high social impact and complement the nation-building efforts of the Government. Post upgradation, these ITIs will not only cater to advanced skill requirements of students as well as prospective employers but also act as technology hubs, including skill centers for the large industry as well as MSME. The total investment under this project is pegged at Rs. 4,600 crores.
This project is the first of its kind in India and attempts to set a benchmark for technical upgradation of ITIs and make them future-ready. This project is expected to bring qualitative improvements in the field of Industrial Training and Education to create an enhanced learning environment for training youth to cater to industry requirements. On an overall basis, this project will improve the availability of advanced skills required for smart manufacturing across all districts of the State and support in laying necessary impetus for skill led manufacturing and help the industry embrace 4.0 technologies in a smooth manner.
Tata Technologies will collaborate with 20 global industry partners to implement this project by upgrading the overall facilities, develop an ITI course curriculum leveraging its manufacturing domain knowledge around advanced areas of technology, conduct training programs, and provide equipment and software support at the ITI centers. The company will also deploy 300 training personnel along with industry partners and will facilitate the deployment of advanced tools and equipment. Tata Technologies aims to upgrade the skills of the basic workforce as per future industry requirements and offer a platform to participants to help them get preference for placements in the industries.
Speaking on the occasion, Honourable Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa said “The Technology upgradation of ITIs will lead to better employment opportunities for the youth of the State as well as transform the State of Karnataka into a potential investment destination for those industry players who are keen on embracing Industry 4.0 and smart technologies for manufacturing. We also believe that this initiative would greatly benefit the MSMEs which cannot afford high-end technological equipment which will be facilitated for usage at the ITIs. This program would also create a platform for Artisans and Handicrafts industry to enhance their product design thereby increasing the value of their artistic works.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Warren Harris, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Technologies, said, “Our vision of ‘Engineering a better world’ embodies our commitment to skill-building and developing future-ready talent that would be required by the Industry to develop and manufacture innovative products and solutions. Through this collaboration with the Karnataka Government, we intend to leverage our product engineering expertise and manufacturing domain knowledge to create future-ready courseware and training platform that allows students at ITIs to develop their capabilities in the latest technology and be part of the rapidly transforming ecosystem.”
Deputy Chief Minister and Skill Development Minister Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan said “With the upgradation of ITIs, the Skill development Department of Government of Karnataka will facilitate additional course offerings at ITIs across at least 20 technologically advanced trades. I am pleased to inform that a two-year certification program is being launched with a specific focus on Electric Vehicle technologies. The students from the next academic year can expect multiple certifications from technology/OEM providers in addition to the certification provided by the ITIs across all trades.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anand Bhade, President Asia Pacific, Tata Technologies, said, “India is amid technology innovations that are driving the future of manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Our experience of working with global OEMs on new Technologies and Solutions and understanding of the Manufacturing Value Chain allows us to develop an industry-relevant curriculum that will equip students with skills that are being sought by manufacturing companies. This collaboration with the Karnataka government is a great opportunity for us to help train our youth on Industry 4.0 technologies and solutions and make them job-ready and this, in turn, may help the industry which is looking for such talent.”
The upgraded centers will facilitate upskilling in sectors related to Industry 4.0, Product Design & Development, Product Verification and Virtual analysis, Design for Artisans and Handicrafts, Additive manufacturing (3D printing), Modern Automotive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, Battery Electric Vehicle Training, IoT and Digital Instrumentation, Process Control and Automation with HMI, PLC SCADA, Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping, Industrial Robotics with arc welding, AI-based Virtual Welding & Painting, Advanced Plumbing, Digital Meters, Agriculture and Horticulture, all centers are linked with Satellite for communication, e-learning platform, etc.