Inauguration of HAL-IISc skill development centre in Karnataka by Defence Minister. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh started off the HAL-IISc Skill Development Centre (SDC) established at Indian Institute of Science’s Challakere campus in Chitradurga district, through a video conference on Thursday.
Top officials attend on the occasion included Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Defence Secretary Dr.Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production) Raj Kumar, HAL CMD R Madhavan,, Director (HR), HAL, Alok Verma and IISc Director Prof. G Rangarajan.
When speaking on the function, the Minister stated knowledge is power and a skilled workforce is basic necessity for innovation and creativity, as pera statement released by Bengaluru-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
The SDC is an instance of synergistic collaboration between the country’s flagship aerospace giant and the best in class premier academia, Singh was cited as saying.
The center will offer skills to multifarious beneficiaries ranging from local community members to high-end engineering professionals to true ‘Make-in-India, addedMadhavan.
“We are grateful to HAL for supporting us and partnering with us on this critical national initiative,” said Prof. Rangarajan.
The goal of the SDC is to build a large pool of trained personnel to address “vital skill development gaps in India, crucial for economic growth and self-sufficiency”, the statement revealed.
“It is a natural outgrowth of a successful training programme for rural science and mathematics teachers that IISc initiated in 2011 at the Challakere campus,” it said.
The IISc approached HAL in 2016 with its proposal. Further, also, HAL acceded to fund and support the initiative under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
The MoU for establishing the center, with an outlay of Rs 73.7 crore was signed on March 28, 2016 and construction began on October 27, the same year. The SDC is placed on 1,500 acres of land provided by the Government of Karnataka amid IISc’s centenary year celebrations in 2008, it was stated.
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