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IIT-Bombay offering course in semiconductors

Posted: 25 Sep 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:certification course  semiconductor technology and manufacturing  electronic devices  fab  VLSI 

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) and Applied Materials, a global player in providing manufacturing equipment, services and automation software to the semiconductor industry, have launched India's first certification course in semiconductor technology and manufacturing.

The course addresses a critical need for developing a trained, high-tech workforce in India to help meet the country's growing demand for electronic devices.

"The programme addresses a felt need as it will be the first step to develop human resources for the fab industry in the country," Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, said.

"IIT Bombay has strong research, development and education initiatives in the area of semiconductor technology to support semiconductor manufacturing in India. Training a specialised workforce for such an industry is an important priority," added Professor Devang Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay.

The Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing Certification Course will provide an understanding of semiconductor technologies, processes and the basic concepts of microelectronics manufacturing, combined with hands-on training on some of the semiconductor industry's most widely-used process equipment from Applied Materials.

The seven-day course starts in mid-November and will be offered twice a year. Course modules will include semiconductor technology, including very large-scale integration (VLSI), a semiconductor equipment overview and lab equipment user training.

Faculty members from IIT-B and experts from Applied Materials will participate in training students. Upon successful completion of the course, a Continued Education Programme (CEP) certificate will be awarded by IIT Bombay.

The last date to apply for this course is October 19, 2012. For more details, visit

A 2011 study by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India and Frost & Sullivan on the electronics industry in India sheds light on the country's dire need for trained professionals in the industry.

The study estimated that Indian electronics consumption will grow to Rs.22.22 lakh crore ($400 billion) by 2020 and if the industry's manufacturing rate does not improve, it would be able to produce only 20 per cent of the projected requirement. The study indicated that it is critical to develop a skilled workforce to meet the high demand for manufacturing electronic devices.

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