Karnataka signed an agreement with Tata Technologies on Friday to upgrade 150 of the state’s government-run industrial training institutes (ITIs) with the latest technologies and tools, and transform them into skilling hubs of global standards.
Tata Technologies will be leading the Rs 4636 crore project in association with the State’s Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Department. Tata Technologies president Anand Bhade and Skill Development secretary S Selvakumar signed the agreement in chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s presence.
The chief minister hailed the project and said it will help youth acquire skills industries look for. It will also encourage investments into Karnataka as the ITIs will be supplying skilled manpower.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan said ITIs are adding 10 new courses based on the demand from industries. Trained youth, he said, will have more than one lakh better job opportunities every year.
Tata Technologies chief executive Warren Harris said: “Our vision of ‘Engineering a better world’ embodies this social project where we create a platform for students to be a part of the rapidly transforming ecosystem and get exposure to latest machinery, hardware, software, courseware, and training.”
Tata Technologies and 18 other companies including Dell, HP, Tata Motors, Schneider Electric, 3D Systems, and Isro will bear 88% of the project cost from their respective CSR funds, while the government will provide the rest.
While the government has 270 ITIs, only 150 are run in their own buildings. The project will cover only these 150 ITIs, with each one getting support worth Rs 31 crore. The government ITIs were using old and outdated machinery, and they would be replaced with next-generation tech equipment and tools, Selvakumar told ET.
The Tatas will provide five years of annual maintenance free of cost, train 300 trainers for two years, and offer a free online platform to candidates. Electric vehicles, agricultural machinery, aerospace and defense, horticulture, smart city, and other sectors would be the focus areas.
Over the next 10 years, Tata Technologies will modernize the ITIs with new infrastructure, industry-oriented courseware, training, and support for advanced equipment and software. It will also strengthen training, counseling, and placement cells (TCPC) to train, guide, and create job opportunities, Selvakumar added.
About 300 trainers from Tata Technologies and associate industries will provide training at the 150 ITIs. The project also involves online training at all 270 government and 196 aided ITIs in the State. Students of other ITIs, polytechnics, and Engineering colleges can also avail of training facilities in these 150 it is, Selvakumar said.
The Tata Group is also expected to create tech hubs for improving the skill sets by training the trainees to meet the demands of the job market both in India and overseas.