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Electronics Sector Skills Council of India to tackle talent crunch challenge for ESDM industry

“The success of a nation achieving its future growth objectives depends hugely on talent and human resources development. As a nation or a business grows, it requires upgrading of talent from time to time. Although there is an enormous consumption market in India, there is huge gap between what India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA).”

Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) is a Not‐for‐Profit Organization, registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1956.The Council has been promoted by Five Associations i.e. CEAMA, ELCINA, IESA (formerly ISA) , IPCA & MAIT, with financial support by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Our focus is on establishing an effective and efficient ecosystem for development and imparting of outcome oriented skills for the electronics systems, design and manufacturing industry (ESDM) including relevant curriculum, courses, information database, delivery system, standardization, accreditation and certification processes to enhance the employability of the Indian workforce globally.

The IESA-E&Y Task Force Report of 2009 estimated that around 1.61 crore people will be directly employed in the semiconductor and electronics industry by 2014. The number was expected to go up to 2.78 crore by 2020, in comparison to the current figure of 44 lakh. The report on Manpower for electronics industry elaborated that manpower is most concentrated in the manufacturing segment followed by after sales and sales support. The least number of people are employed for R&D, which clearly states that the focus has to change.

Even in the semiconductor industry, there is high competition because of the low entry barrier.

Looking at the education scene, almost 0.22 million engineering students passed out in 2006 in India. By 2015, the semiconductor and allied industry may need 35 lakh new people. The scene could improve only if the companies collaborate with universities to bring about industry specific training programmes, improving the quality of talent.

While there are a number of engineering colleges, they face shortage of faculty and the level of education is a grim concern. “The number of graduates coming out of technical colleges increased to over 7,00,000 in 2011 from 5,50,000 in FY 2010. However, 75 per cent of technical graduates and more than 85 per cent of general graduates are unemployable by India’s high-growth global industries, including information technology,” E E T India reported.

The report also highlighted that semiconductor design, embedded software and services industry estimates that the workforce in the semiconductor design industry in India was around 1,35,000 in 2009 and is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20 per cent to reach 230,000 by 2012.

Electronics Sector Skills Council of India will initiate and implement effective & efficient ecosystem for up skilling students and industrial staff in the electronic system design and manufacturing sector for better employability in India and abroad.

The main objectives of ESSCI would be:

  • Setting up Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to assist planning and delivery of training.
  • Develop a sector skill development plan for the Electronics Industry based on the National Policy on Electronics.
  • Development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) customized & implemented towards Indian Standards & Requirements and adopted by the Electronics Industry.
  • Developing skill competency standards and qualifications for upgrading youth/work force at par with the developed countries.
  • To help the member organizations across market verticals sharpen their business focus, updating on the emerging market trends and development.
  • Standardisation of affiliation and accreditation process & participation in the process.
  • Plan and execute training of trainers.
  • Ensure delivery of training programs by accredited organizations as per industry norms and standards.
  • Standardisation of affiliation and accreditation process & participation in the process.

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