Tata Technologies to Upgrade and Modernize Karnataka ITIs into Tech Hubs
By: Ashwathy Nai
- Cost of the project will also include investment from the state government and a consortium of 20 companies.
- Government-owned 150 Industrial Training Institutes to be upgraded and modernized.
- The focus is to bring qualitative improvements in the field of industrial training and education.
With an outlay of ₹4,600 crores, Tata Technologies, an Engineering Services Company, has signed an agreement with Karnataka government in order to modernize 150 state-run ITIs.
The price of the project will be counting an investment from the state government end to end with a consortium of 20 companies that are run by Tata Technologies.
In a statement, the company stated, “For 10 years, Tata Technologies entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Government of Karnataka to upgrade and modernize 150 government-owned Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in Karnataka, as part of the initiative to develop and execute high social impact projects and complement the government’s national building efforts”.
It is expected that the project is focused on bringing qualitative improvements in the field of industrial training as well as education in order to create an enhanced learning environment for training youth to deliver services to industry requirements.
With this project, on an overall basis, across all districts of the state, there will be an availability of advanced skills required for smart manufacturing and the availability of support in laying necessary impetus for skill led manufacturing.
“Tata Technologies will join forces with 20 global industry partners to execute this project by updating the overall infrastructure, creating an ITI course curriculum that will leverage its manufacturing sector experience in advanced technology areas, conducting training programmes, and supplying ITI centres with equipment and software support”.
The company will be setting up 300 training personnel along with industry partners and will be facilitating the deployment of advanced tools and equipment.
In a statement, BS Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka said that technology up-gradation of ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) will be leading to better employment opportunities for the youth of the state and it will help in transforming the state into a potential investment destination for those industry players who are powerful on embracing Industry 4.0 and smart technologies for manufacturing.
“It is also expected that MSMEs would be substantially advanced with the aid of this initiative as they can not afford high-end technical equipment to be funded for use at ITIs.With this program, a platform would be shaped for artisans and handicrafts industry in order to boost their product design, thereby growing the value of their artistic work”.
The Managing Director and CEO of Tata Technologies, Warren Harris stated that with the help of this collaboration, the company intends to influence product engineering expertise along with manufacturing domain knowledge to create future-ready courseware and training platform, which will allow ITIs’ students to develop their capabilities in the latest technology and also, it will help in being a part of the rapidly transforming ecosystem.
In sectors that are related to Industry 4.0, the upgraded centres will be facilitating upskilling, product design & development, product verification & virtual analysis, design for artisans & handicrafts, additive manufacturing modern automotive maintenance repair & overhaul, IoT & digital instrumentation, among others.