PM opened technology centers: PM opened 150 technology centers in Karnataka to be also available to start-ups for a fee.

Bangalore: A few weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened 150 technology centers at an event in Bangalore, the state government decided to make their services available to start-ups as well, so they can work and test their products before they hit the market.

Tata Technologies, in partnership with the government of Karnataka, has turned around 150 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) into technology hubs through a PPP that aims to address the huge skill gaps that the industries struggle with. Although the entire project cost Rs 4850 crores, Tatas and 20 other companies contributed Rs 4,080 crores with a promise to hold them for five years.

The Prime Minister, dedicating them to the nation on June 20, urged other states to adopt the model. ITI will train students in cutting-edge skills, including new areas of technology.

The institutes have advanced technology laboratories in areas such as additive manufacturing, automotive, electric vehicles, arc welding industrial robotics, product design and verification, advanced manufacturing system, Internet of Things, industrial automation, and advanced plumbing.

“Startups from various sectors, as well as other small and medium-sized industries, are free to use advanced design, 3D printing and other opportunities to work on and fine-tune their products, as well as to test them. We will charge them.” – S. Selvakumar, General Secretary Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and the livelihood department, ET said.

He added that it will be of great help to young entrepreneurs who are just starting out, as well as other small industrial enterprises, especially in small towns. ITIs are scattered throughout the state, and the government intends to upgrade 30 more this year.

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They are designed to run 23 short courses and 11 long courses and together they will produce one lakh plus a skilled workforce each year. Short courses usually last 3-4 months and help professionals improve their skills.

Tata Technologies, in a recent press release, said it partnered with 20 global industry partners to deliver a project that included developing a training program using in-house manufacturing knowledge in advanced technology areas, conducting training programs, and providing hardware and software support. .

The company also deployed 300 training staff along with industry partners. Tata Technologies is committed to upskilling its core workforce in line with future industry requirements and is offering a platform to members to help them gain a head start in employment.

“We train all of our teachers. We have four studios in different parts of the state. All institutions are connected via satellite. Last year, we accepted students for two courses, and this year we will accept students for six courses at all ITIs,” Selvakumar said.

In November 2020, Tata Technologies signed an MoU with the Government of Karnataka offering to upgrade and upgrade 150 ITIs and maintain them for five years. According to him, the skills development department has created its own udyoga society in order to receive its own income for self-sufficiency.

The ITI modernization project took only about 18 months, with Tata Technologies supplying equipment and technology and Nirmithi Kendras building other infrastructure.

“Our workshops and technological laboratories will work 12 hours a day. Fees from students, as well as the industries that use our labs, will be our main sources of income to cover operating costs,” Selvakumar said.

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