India, 11th May 2022: Tata Technologies, a global engineering, and product development digital services company, today, announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Government of Assam to transform 34 polytechnic and 43 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across Assam into futuristic Centers of Excellence (COEs). This collaboration is an extension of Tata Technologies’ efforts to support projects of high social impact and complement the nation-building efforts of the Government. Post upgradation, these COEs will not only cater to the advanced skill requirements of students aligned to the key industries in Assam, it will also act as a technology & industrial hub for the MSMEs and support entrepreneurship. The total proposed investment under this project would be approx. Rs. 2390 crores.
Digitization is significantly changing the way we work everywhere, whether it’s a factory or a tea garden. To seize the opportunities presented by the digital wave in the new normal, we need to upskill our youth while investing in technology. Work 4.0 is happening with the backdrop of Industry 4.0. It is in this convergence of work 4.0 with Industry 4.0, that we have begun to see the need, emergence, and convergence with Education 4.0 to offer students the learning facility to prepare themselves with industry relevant skills and competencies. Through this first-of-its-kind collaborative project with the Government of Assam, we attempt to set a benchmark for technology upgradation of the state polytechnic institutes and Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and make them future-ready. The COEs will cover various technical courses related to Industry 4.0, Additive manufacturing (3D printing), EV Product Design & Development, Design for Artisans and Handicrafts, Modern Automotive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, Battery Electric Vehicle Training, IoT and Digital Instrumentation, Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping, Industrial Robotics with arc welding, AI-based Virtual Welding & Painting, as well as upskill youth on traditional Assamese industries like Tea Processing, Food Processing, Handicrafts & Textiles to support industries in Assam. The objective is to bridge the gap between academia and industry by a way of establishing CoEs to facilitate innovations & skill development of students and industry professionals who can be eventually absorbed as skilled resources in the industry, and support entrepreneurship. Tata Technologies will collaborate with its global industry partners to implement this project that will also facilitate the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies by making a skilled workforce available to desirous businesses.
Speaking on the occasion, Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, said, “The technology upgradation of polytechnic and ITIs will lead to better employment opportunities for the local youth and transform the state of Assam into a potential investment destination for all those industry players keen on embracing Industry 4.0 and smart technologies for manufacturing. We also believe that this initiative would greatly benefit the MSMEs who cannot afford high-end technological equipment, which will be facilitated for usage at the polytechnic and ITIs. This program would also create a lucrative platform for all those working in industries that form the core of Assam’s occupational strength, such as tea processing, food processing, handicrafts & textiles, etc., to upgrade their skillsets and employment opportunities in accordance with the Industry 4.0-relevant smart operations of the future.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Subramanian Ramadorai, Chairman, Tata Technologies Ltd. said, “Technology is evolving rapidly and there is huge shortage of skilled manpower. To keep pace with these evolving technological trends, and lateral shift towards Industry 4.0-powered smart business operations, it is imperative to train our youth on latest technologies by upgrading the state polytechnic and ITIs in the country. The upgraded COEs would offer wide variety of courses to upskill youth of Assam on various traditional and new age industries empowering the northeast region of India, a key focus for the Tata Group.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Warren Harris, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Technologies Ltd., said, “Our vision of Engineering a better world embodies our commitment to skill-building and developing future-ready talent. Through this collaboration with the Assam Government, we will leverage our product engineering expertise and manufacturing domain knowledge to create future-ready courseware and training platform that allows students at polytechnics and ITIs to develop their skillsets and capabilities in line with the requirements of Industry 4.0 technologies and be part of the rapidly transforming ecosystem.”
Elaborating further on the collaboration, Dr. B. K. Chakravarthy, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Skill, Employment, and Entrepreneurship Department, said, “This collaboration with Tata Technologies and its global partners will help us provide the best possible technology training ecosystem in Assam. Through this program, which is an extension of the various youth empowerment initiatives undertaken by the Government of Assam, we aim to train, empower, and upgrade the capabilities of the youth of Assam so that they can stay aligned with the skill sets required in the future, innovate new technology solutions in the state, and attract investments from companies into Assam.”
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