ESSCI to open 50 new centres of excellence across India by 2020


Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) intends to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the electronics system design & manufacturing (ESDM) space.

Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI), a Sector Skill Council formed under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has just declared that it has trained more than seven lakh candidates in over 60 electronics system design & manufacturing (ESDM) job roles across the country in the last five years. ESSCI also plans to open 50 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) across India by end of 2020 to train more industry-oriented professionals.

With this, India is set to become self-reliant in the electronics field. In less than three years, ESSCI has become cost positive, not looking at government grants with an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of INR 5.66 crore. The Council also saw its revenue jumping to INR 19.82 crore (FY 2016-17).

ESSCI intends to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the electronics space through an extensive partnership with the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) where it is playing a pivotal role to reach over one lakh relevant engineering students across 500 engineering colleges spanning India in the next five years. It will help give a boost to the Indian government’s plan to advance the electronics-sector manufacturing in India apart from creating jobs.

The multi-pronged strategy is already in place and has 13 industry-sponsored centres of excellence/training centres to train the trainers. It has recently opened its centres in Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and New Delhi. These CoEs would be the flagship centres for innovation, micro-entrepreneur development, rural technology innovation & implementation, advisory, consulting and skill development in the areas of electronic components & hardware, nano-electronics, sports and bio-mechanics.

The centres would also develop Qualification Packs, based on the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) in collaboration with the industry associations as a part of the Skill India initiative.

N K Mohapatra, CEO, ESSCI shares that ESSCI currently has a network of 183 training partners with over 4013 training centres spread across the country, including the far-flung areas of the North East States and J&K. This makes ESSCI a council equipped to train the youth across the country’s geography and capable of conducting assessments and certification for each region. “We have placed over one lakh candidates in various top companies in the ESDM space and have won industry recognition as a trend-setting and innovative organisation in delivering integrated skilled training solutions across India,” says Mohapatra.

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