Bengaluru , November 6 : The Government of Karnataka has entered into an agreement with Tata Technologies Ltd, Pune on November 6th to upgrade the State’s industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and thereby create increased employment opportunities to the youth of the State.The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa, here today at his home office Krishna. Anand Bhade, President, Tata Technologies Ltd and Dr. S. Selvakumar, Secretary to Government, Department of Skill Development , Entrepreneurship and Livelihood signed the MoA.Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister appreciated the new initiative of Government- Industry partnership, which is first of its kind in the country. This will enable youth to have excellent skill training based on industry demand and on the other hand industry will have skilled workforce, he said. He opined that, the State and the industrial sector will benefit mutually from this agreement.The scheme will also create conducive environment for investments. The private companies are providing more than Rs.4000 crore under CSR activities for the first time, the Chief Minister said.Dr.C.N.Ashwathnarayan , Deputy Chief Minister, said that, through this program it is expected that more than 1 lakh youth will get better employment opportunities every year. Apart from this, 10 new courses are being initiated based on the demands of the industries. Skill training based on industries requirement will be provided in the ITIs.

Warren Harris, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Technologies, in his address said, “our vision of ‘Engineering a better world’ embodies this social project where we create a platform for students to be a part of the rapidly transforming ecosystem and get exposure to latest machinery, hardware, software, courseware and trainings.” Which besides augmenting the industrial growth shall help in generating avenues of self-employment.According to the agreement 150 Government ITIs in the State will be upgraded at a cost of Rs.4636.50 crore in partnership with Tata Technologies Ltd and other industry partners. Skill Development Training will be provided as per current demands of the industries.Along with Tata Technologies Ltd about 20 companies are contributing Rs.4080 crore from their CSR funds. The remaining Rs.657 crore will be provided by the State Goverment. These 150 ITIs will be upgraded at a cost of Rs.30 crore each.It is intended to provide training in necessary skills to the ITI students based on requirements of Industry 4.0 (i.e; 4th industrial revolution) and provide better employment opportunities. The Scheme also has the vision to attract more investments to the State through skilled human resource in different fields.There are a total of 1713 ITIs in the State, out of which 270 are Government, 196 aided and 1247 private ITIs with a total of about 1.8 lakh students. By upgrading 150 ITIs in the State, these institutions will be transformed into prominent training centres. The training facilities here can be availed by students of other ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering colleges too. This is a flagship programme undertaken in collaboration with the Government and industrial sector. The initiative is first in the country.

Highlights of the agreement:

· The duration of the agreement is 10 yrs and 9 months. During this period, Tata Technologies Ltd., will modernise 150 ITIs, with new infrastructure, industry-oriented courseware, trainings and support for advanced equipment and software to benefit the students to get better employment opportunities.

· This scheme will be beneficial in developing Karnataka’s ITIs into skill training hubs of global standards.

· Tata Technologies Ltd., will strengthen training, counselling and placement cells (TCPC) to train, guide and create employment opportunities. Laboratories will be upgraded by setting up new machinery and technology. Action has been taken to plan appropriate syllabus based on the demands of Industry 4.0

· Electric vehicles, agricultural machinery, aerospace and defence, horticulture, smart city and other sectors would be the focus areas.

· 300 trainers from Tata Technologies Ltd and associate industries will impart training in these 150 ITIs. Online training will also be provided in all government and aided ITIs in the State. Students of other ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering colleges can also avail training facilities in these 150 ITIs.

· Upgradation of Peenya, Hosur road, Bellary, Mysuru, Dastikoppa and Shikaripura government ITIs of will be taken up in the frist phase.

T.M. Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary to Government, P. Ravikumar, Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister, Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Commerce and Industries, Warren Harris, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Technologies Ltd, Dr.K.V.Trilok Chandra, Commissioner ,Department of Employment and Training and other officers were present.