Guwahati, 4 January 2018 — In a historic development northeast India gets its first Skill Development Center of Excellence, an initiative through industry-academia participation under government facilitation when Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) signed an MoU with Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati to jointly set up a state of the art Center of Excellence (CoE) at the University campus in Guwahati.
ESSCI is one of the sector skill councils setup as an autonomous body by Nation Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under MSDE (Ministry of Skill Development).
The MoU was signed by Chief Executive Officer of ESSCI Mr. N.K.Mohapatra, and Vice Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University Prof. Stephen Mavely SDB, on 4th January, 2018 at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati.
During the event Fr. Stephen Mavely has expressed his interest to support the set up of an Electronics Manufacturing Cluster(EMC) in the campus and welcomed the Industry to take the advantage of setting up EMC to support the State of Assam and the region as a whole to leverage the unique socio-economic structure of Northeast India as a gateway to East Asia.
“The youth of North East India would immensely benefit by the initiative in having captive manufacturing ecosystem and job creation possibilities,” said Prof. Mavely.
Veteran educationist Fr.Mavely assured, “The unique socio-economic setup of the region is highly conducive to a robust electronics manufacturing ecosystem, like other South East Asian electronics manufacturing hubs like Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.”
He added, “With the GoI's ‘Net Zero Import’ of electronics hardware by 2020 nearing, the region's contribution would be a small yet significant contribution to the nation's endeavour on self reliance.”
The Center of Excellence (CoE) would be a flagship center for innovation, micro-entrepreneur development, rural technology innovation & implements, advisory, consulting and skill development in the areas of Electronics components & hardwares, Nano-Electronics, Sports and Bio-Mechanics.
The Center would also develop the Qualification Packs, based on National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) with the collaboration of industry associations as a part of Skilling India initiative. One of the key objective of the center is to skill quality manpower and build a robust ecosystem for Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) in North East India in line with the Govt. of India's look East Policy.
By Lanu Ignatius
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