Ministry of MSME and Samsung join hands to set up Technical Schools at MSME Technology Centres across India

Samsung-logoNew Delhi, India, August 5, 2014: The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Samsung has announced a partnership to set up Technical Schools in MSME Technology Centres across India.

The MSME-Samsung Technical Schools will run Samsung’s Advanced Repair and Industrial Skills Enhancement (A.R.I.S.E.2) program, providing students trade-specific training on various aspects of repair and troubleshooting for consumer electronics products such as mobile phones, televisions, home theatres, home appliances and their related accessories. Students will also get real time working experience at Samsung authorised service centres. Other than technical skills, as part of the course the students will get a chance to learn soft skills which will further enable them to provide exemplary customer service.

The partnership will provide a boost to trainees by incorporating a strong component of hands-on industry training. The MOU was signed by Development Commissioner and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India, Shri Amarendra Sinha and Mr. B.D. Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics in presence of the Hon’ble Minister of MSME, Shri Kalraj Mishra. Other officials present at the event include Shri Madhav Lal, Secretary, Ministry of MSME and Mr. Daniel Park, Senior Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics. The announcement also marked the inauguration of the first MSME-Samsung Technical School at MSME Extension Centre, Bal Sahyog, Connaught Place, situated in the heart of Delhi.

Ten MSME-Samsung Technical Schools will be set up across India – one each in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai and Varanasi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Honourable Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra said, “The MSME Sector employs maximum number of people in India next to Agriculture and to meet skilled manpower requirement in the sector, the Ministry of MSME is committed to create industry responsive manpower by giving thrust on employable skills and vocational training in partnership with Industry. Various field establishments under the Ministry are regularly conducting skill development training programmes through which we have trained more than 6,00,000 youth  during previous year. I hope that this joint initiative of Ministry of MSME and Samsung would be able to train approx. 10,000 youth per year who would have the opportunity to find placement in various appliances manufacturing organisations including Samsung. I also believe that many of them can also establish their own enterprises and Service Centre for repairing & maintenance of electrical & electronics goods”.

Madhav Lal, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India said, “To leap-frog in this direction, the Ministry has agreed to join hands with Samsung Electronics by establishing “MSME-Samsung Technical Schools” at MSME Technology Centres for conducting joint-training programmes in various parts of the country. This is one of the possible models under which the training imparted to youth increases, to a great extent, possibility of their subsequent employment as well as motivates them to establish their own enterprises”.

B.D. Park, President & CEO South West Asia, Samsung Electronics said, “India is a key growth market for global consumer electronics manufacturing which lends itself to enormous employment opportunity. As an industry leader, Samsung is committed to working with the Indian government to tap this potential. Our collaboration with the Ministry of MSME to create a pool of skilled workforce through the MSME-Samsung Technical Schools is a step in this direction. We are confident that through the Samsung A.R.I.S.E.2 program, students will get hands-on experience that will make them an asset to the industry.”  

Amarendra Sinha, Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India concurred with Shri Lal. “Industry experience is a critical aspect of skilling students for ready employment. We are confident that with the hands-on training components of the A.R.I.S.E.2 program, students of Technology Centres across the country will be better equipped to enter the job market.”

Daniel Park, Senior Vice President, Customer Satisfaction, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics, said, “With this collaboration with the Ministry of MSME, Samsung is strengthening its commitment to take the benefits of technology to all members of the community. We encourage people to come forward and enrol in the MSME-Samsung Technical Schools and benefit from industry-relevant training.”

Samsung has already established one such lab at the ITI in Dheerpur, Delhi, in collaboration with the Directorate of Training and Technical Education, Government of NCT. Samsung also has plans to establish more such labs across India.

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