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IESA signs MoUs to build resource base for design-led electronics manufacturing in India

The Times of India:  February, 2015

Lucknow: IESA (India Electronics & Semiconductor Association), the premier trade body representing the Indian ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) industry has announced a SPEED UP and SCALE UP of its talent development initiative through Centre of Excellence with Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and a Memorandum of Understanding with VTU (Visvesvaraya Technological University) and RV-VLSI Design Center to build the talent pipeline in the ESDM space by strengthening industry-academia relations.

As per the MoU with ESSCI, Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and Indian Semiconductor and Electronics Association (IESA) will be collaboratively working to support a Centre of Excellence (COE), within an identified institution. The COE will have latest facilities for training students in semiconductor design, embedded design and Internet of Things (IOT) as per National Occupational Standards (NOSs). The primary focus will be nurturing the trainer for facilitating sufficient capacity of trained manpower in multiple locations.

The MoU with Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will harness and sharpen talent required for India to become ESDM manufacturing nation on the large scale. IESA, along with VTU, will enhance its education value chain by providing industry oriented programs and courses so that VTU and IESA together help the ESDM sector to have access to industry-ready talents from VTU and its 200+ constituent colleges and institutes.

IESA also signed another MoU with RV-VLSI Design Center, Bangalore to bridge the gap between academia and industry and the roll out courses, customized for ESDM industry, to meet the talent requirement of ESDM industry,. In its initial stage, the courses will be introduced as a pilot in select academic institutions, which can be rolled out to a larger audience in a later stage. IESA already had one MOU with 'SEER Academy' with similar objectives of ESDM talent development.

The IESA core interest group called TALENT CIG consisting of 10 industry managers and led by Vivek Pawar of Sankalp semiconductors would work on the implementations from IESA. Ashok Chandak, Chairman- IESA said, "As we are showering high hopes on India becoming a destination for design-led manufacturing, we also need to nurture and develop world class talents for future needs. There is an immediate necessity to improvise course materials and develop trainers with industry exposures to address the talent requirements in few years from now and make students industry ready."

IESA is the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing ESDM industry and has represented it since 2005. It has over 200 members both domestic and multinational enterprises. IESA is committed towards building global awareness for the Indian ESDM industry and supporting its growth through focused initiatives in developing the ecosystem.