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'ESDM industry faces employable talent crunch'

Posted: 17 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronics industry  semiconductor design  talent  engineering  information technology 

The Government of India has initiated several initiatives for the development of electronics sector in the country. The Government has recently approved National Policy on Electronics (NPE). One of the important objectives of the NPE is to significantly upscale high-end human resource creation to 2500 PhDs annually by 2020 in the sector.

To address these issues, the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) has set up an Electronics Sector Skills Council (ESSC) for the Electronics, IT hardware and manufacturing sectors. ESSC will include members from the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT), Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), Indian Printed Circuit Association (IPCA), NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation), and Ministry of Communications and IT.

The main aim of ESSC would be to focus on developing industry relevant curriculum to enhance the employability of the workforce, and thereby reduce the time and resources spent by the industry on in-house training. ESSC will undertake pilot projects in the first year and focus on creating skill competency standards and qualifications. It is proposed that 5,000-6,000 people will be trained and certified during the pilot phase. The duration of the pilot phase will be 12-18 months. The council will later scale up its operations and cumulatively, a workforce of about 2 million is expected to have the necessary skills imparted to them and even get certified by the year 2020.The council will train the workforce in production work, service support, design and R&D.

India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) also encourages talent development through many incentives. One of them is the Technovation Awards. Over the years the IESA’s Technovation awards have set quality standards for recognising excellence in ESDM and semiconductor industry. Technovation Awards acknowledge, recognise and honour India’s most innovative companies and talent in academia and also provide them with a platform to showcase their successes.

- PVG Menon
  India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA)

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