An agreement was today signed between PMIDC, Local Government Department, Punjab and Ms Tata Technologies Limited (TTL)in the presence of the Local Government Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu. The MoU aims at establishing an Industrial Manufacturing – Innovation, Incubation and Skill Development Centre (IISDC), in all the three Smart Cities on Hub & Spoke Model i.e. one Hub at Ludhiana & one Spoke each at Ludhiana, Amritsar & Jalandhar Smart Cities. The top brass of the department including Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab, Mr. A. Venu Prasad and Director, Local Government Mr. Karnesh Sharma and CEO, PMIDC Mr. Ajoy Sharma were also present.
Airing his views on the occasion, Mr. Sidhu said that IISDC will be setup as one-stop center for providing integrated training on technical & skill development. Furthermore, this endeavour will help in providing ready local pool of engineers, operators, technicians and skilled human resources required by the industries in the field of manufacturing sector and to increase the employability of the population of Punjab especially the youth.
The minister also elaborated that this high end industrial training will increase chances of good quality jobs and upgrade course curriculum in sync with the modern industrial practices and would further help innovators to develop new products and will promote technology start-ups. The learning methodology will include classroom and lab sessions, online videos, e-learning, assessments and joint certifications at the IISDC. In addition, there will be joint supervision of students in IISDCs, special lectures and seminars by the industrial experts.
The minister further said that the TTL and Industry partners would extend support to provide job opportunities to all eligible trained students. He also added that the TTL shall contribute approximately Rs.552 Crore (88% of total cost) for establishing these IISDCs in all the three Cities and also they would be providing training for 3 years without any charges and during this period, local trainers would also be trained.
On the occasion, Principal Secretary, Local Government, Mr. A. Venu Prasad said that the target students at Hub (Ludhiana) shall be existing engineering students, engineering and diploma students who have passed out and employed engineering graduates – to enhance their technical capabilities. TheTargeted students at Spoke (Ludhiana/Amritsar/Jalandhar) shall be-X & XII Pass out, Existing Engineering Polytechnic students, Existing ITI students and Unemployed Diploma & ITI Holders who have Passed out.
Elaborating more, Director, Local Government, Mr. Karnesh Sharma said that the targeted Industry at Ludhiana would be Bicycles & bicycle parts, Automobile parts, Hosiery goods, sewing machine and parts, Home appliances, Machine tools, Readymade garments, Hosiery needles, Rubber goods, Labels (metal & cotton), Chemical goods, Oil engines, Agricultural implements, Electronic goods, Tractor parts, Cycle tyres/tubes, plastic goods, etc.
On the occasion, CEO, PMIDC Mr. Ajoy Sharma added that those at Amritsar would be Manufacturing, retail trade, service activates, capital goods, IT & ITeS, repair & servicing of motor vehicles, motor cycles/ scooters, household goods, workshops, dyeing & hosiery, mechanical products, electrical machinery & apparatus, machinery & parts while those at Jalandhar would be Sports Goods, Repair & servicing of motor vehicles, motor cycles / scooters, household goods, workshops, recycling, Machinery & Equipment’s, Electrical Machinery & Apparatus, Motor Vehicles Trailers etc. & Parts, Computer & Related Activities.