Lucknow, 26th February 2023: Tata Technologies, a global engineering, and digital services company has signed a 10-year Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to modernize 150 government-owned ITIs across 75 districts in the state as part of the initiative to conceive and implement projects of high social impact and complement the nation-building efforts of the government. Post upgradation, these ITIs will not only cater to advanced skill requirements of students as well as prospective employers but also act as technology hubs, including skill centers for the large industries as well as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
Uttar Pradesh, being one of the largest states in India, possesses a large pool of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workforce. The state government has been actively taking initiatives like Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission, State Skill Development Fund and Sabko Hunar Sabko Kaam to provide training and upskilling opportunities to the state’s workforce. With a total investment of INR. 4887 crores, this ITI upgrade project will see the modernization of these centres on existing ITI premises with approx. 10,000 square feet of ITI area being developed by the Government of UP. The upgraded ITIs will offer six new trades and 23 new short-term courses, catering to Industry 4.0 demands, and training over 1,20,000 students annually at full capacity once the ITIs is upgraded. The project begins in March 2023, and the centres are expected to be ready between January 2024 and March 2024. This project will improve industrial training and education, creating a better learning environment for youth to meet industry needs. Upgraded ITIs will offer guidance and experiential learning through physical and digital delivery as well as employability skills. They will also serve as skill centers and boost local artisan and handicraft industries by offering custom courses on product design and increasing their artistic level.
The project has received enthusiastic support from the government of Uttar Pradesh, with Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of UP, saying, “The transformation of ITIs in UP to Industry 4.0 Technology hubs is a significant step towards positioning Uttar Pradesh as investment destination of choice for manufacturing industry. We already have the best of talent and Uttar Pradesh, and this project will upskill our talent and create employment opportunities for the youth.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Shri Kapil Dev Aggarwal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Vocational Education and Skill Development, Government of UP, said, “This collaboration with Tata Technologies will help in developing the state’s technology upskilling infrastructure and improve the employability of our youth. We are confident that this project will play a pivotal role in making UP a leading state in technology. Furthermore, the program will create a platform for artisans and the handicraft industry to enhance their product design, thereby increasing the value of their artistic works. This will open up new avenues for these sectors to showcase their unique craftsmanship and unlock the potential for their growth and success”.
Speaking on occasion, Shri Subhash Chand Sharma, IAS Principal Secretary, VESD, said, “The technology upgradation of ITIs will not only offer better employment opportunities for the youth of Uttar Pradesh but also establish the state as a coveted investment destination for industries looking to embrace Industry 4.0 and smart technologies for their manufacturing processes. Additionally, this initiative will prove especially advantageous for MSMEs that lack the financial resources to invest in high-end technological equipment, which will be made available for their use at the ITIs”.
Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Warren Harris, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Technologies, said, “We are excited to collaborate with the government of Uttar Pradesh to transform 150 ITIs into Industry 4.0 technology hubs. Our vision of Engineering a better world embodies our commitment to skill-building and developing skilled talent that would be required by the manufacturing industry to develop and manufacture innovative products. Through this collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh government, we are committed to supporting the development of technical and digital skills across Uttar Pradesh and empower the youth.”
Elaborating on the collaboration, Mr Pawan Bhageria – President, Global HR, IT Admin and Education, Tata Technologies, said, “India is at the centre of technology innovations that are driving the future of manufacturing. Our experience of working with global manufacturing companies on new technologies and solutions and understanding of the manufacturing value chain allows us to develop an industry-relevant curriculum that will equip students with skills that are being sought by manufacturing companies. This collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh government is a great opportunity for us to help train our youth on Industry 4.0 technologies and solutions and make them job-ready and this, in turn, may help the industry which is looking for such talent.”
The upgradation and modernization of the ITIs will facilitate upskilling in sectors related to Industry 4.0, Product Design & Development, Product Verification and Virtual analysis, Design for Artisans and Handicrafts, Additive manufacturing (3D printing), Modern Automotive Maintenance Repair and Overhaul, Battery Electric Vehicle Training, IoT and Digital Instrumentation, Process Control and Automation with HMI, PLC SCADA, Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping, Industrial Robotics with arc welding, AI-based Virtual Welding & Painting, Advanced Plumbing, Digital Meters, Agriculture and Horticulture, and much more.
The collaboration between Tata Technologies and the government of Uttar Pradesh promises to promote digital skill development and support the creation of job opportunities for the youth in the state, helping the state progress towards a brighter future.