Skill Centres the need of the hour
Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has drawn up concrete plans to set up Incubation cum Skill Development centre in Mysuru.
The centre is expected to impart industry demanding, new age technical skills, mainly in the areas of Mechanical and Electronics engineering. Establishment of such skill centres across the country assumes greater significance in the light of Atmanirbhar Bharat program initiated by the Prime Minister, wherein, there is renewed thrust on domestic manufacturing of niche imported products. To achieve self-reliance in domestic manufacturing, the technical skill set of people is very important, apart from the necessary industrial infrastructure, tax incentives and ecosystem. With greater technical skill quotient, India will be able to attract renowned international brands to design and manufacture their goods in the country. Such Design led manufacturing investments will bring in high paying jobs leading to overall increase in quality of lifestyle. This will also have a twin effect of reducing import bills and boosting industrial job opportunities in the country, which otherwise is over-populated in the agriculture sector.
The proposal is in an advanced stage with the Karnataka Housing board calling tenders for both Civil construction and Project Management consultancy services. The Karnataka Housing board is providing execution assistance to the project. PMC consultant shall liaise with the contractor and client to update the progress, act as a third party verifier and keep tab on the quality and schedule during the course of execution. Apart from Incubation and skill centre, the complex shall also house an Evaluation centre and a Guest house block. Civil construction would cost alone approximately 48.3 crore Rs., which is expected to be completed within 18 months from the date of award of work. The complex is slated to come up on Sy.no.22 spread over 34 acres in Choranahalli Village.
VTU Skill development block comprises Stilt, Ground and First floor with a total floor area of 3661 square meters (35,396 square feet). This block houses classrooms, laboratories and workshops of Pneumatics, Hydrology, Electronics, Control, Robotics, and Automobile. It is also equipped with a library. Incubation centre is a Ground plus one floor structure, which hosts 3 big incubation labs and workstations. Guest house block is a ground structure, which shall have 12 VIP rooms and 2 dorms, with a kitchen and dining hall.
All in all, once completed, the complex will cater to the growing demands of industries for competent engineers and also play a vital role in attracting research and development investments in the region.
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