Summary of Proceedings: 1st National Workshop on Filling the Skill Gaps in Instrumentation Automation Surveillance and Communication Sector

image001The first national workshop on “Filling the Skill gaps in the Instrumentation Automation Surveillance and Communication Sector” was organized by IASC SSC at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The workshop started with the National Anthem.

Mr Nagendra Goel, Chairman IASC SSC in his welcome address spoke about the multidisciplinary nature of this sector which involves mechanical, IT, Electrical, Electronics process. He emphasized that the trained manpower of this sector is important for Make in India, Smart Cities, Digital India and Skill India. Whereas there are few institutes for Engineers in this sector, but for the huge blue collared workforce there are hardly any Institutes, ITI, or Polytechnics.

Shri A.K. Jain, CMD, Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited in his key note address spoke that the country has seen the green revolution, white revolution and the IT revolution, now it is important to focus on the qualitative and quantitative scale of the skills challenge. We need to prepare our students from the school level in their area of interest so that we can bring about research and innovation.

Prof. B.S. Satyanarayana, Vice Chancelllor Munjal University spoke on Skilling In Semiconductors, Sensor & Integrated System Fabrication And Testing For The Age Of IoT, Automation, & Communication And A Trillion Dollar Make in India Opportunity by 2025.His talk provided an overview of the market opportunities, the level of skilled personnel requirements and creation of model for integrated skill and technology development.

Mr Amiya Kumar Swain Dy GM, NALCO & R Gopal shared the examples from NALCO’s experience like apprenticeship programme for ITI, Diploma Students, shop Floor training for periodic assessments, on the job training and programmes through the OEMs.He also gave a perspective on the instrumentation requirements in an Alumina refinery and the kind of jobs skills required.

Abhijeet Nehra, KUKA ROBOTICS, spoke on Industrial Robotics for Industry and how robots are changing the face of manufacturing. The fact of job loss is a misnomer and the only way is to adapt for the new skills for the new kinds of jobs created.

Brajesh Kumar of SMC Pneumatics India Pvt Ltd explained about Pneumatics as Low cost automation, how it is being used for competitive manufacturing. With the help of a pyramid structure he explained technologies and skill sets required in the automation as an interdisciplinary engineering. Since automation touches our lives we need to understand it better to make our life better.

Mr Rakesh Chopra, CMD Telecon Systems and GC member IASC SSC, spoke on overseas opportunitiIMG_7315es, the things we should be prepared for to make the best out of it. Speaking from his long professional experience he also provided caveats to avoid and steps to take so that we can export trained human resources meeting global demand.

Mrs Shabnam Kamli, KAS, Director Technical Education Jammu & Kashmir State talked about the unique challenges of Youth in Jammu & Kashmir and the steps taken by the government in this regard. She invited industry to come to J&K to train youth and promised all possible support and flexibility in ensuring the success.

Mrs.Uma Balakrishnan, Managing Director & CEO of Axcend Automation & Software Solution, representative Automation Industry Association, Skill Building Vision for Integrated & automated manufacturing automation. She laid out a rationale for better-coordinated efforts in using automation and understanding transforming landscape, changing job roles and the culture.

Mr Hari Khemka- Chairperson Aditya Group (CP Plus Brand, Upar wala sab dekh raha hai) in his keynote address spoke of the changes coming in the country and new direction we are heading in. Skilling helps in better productivity and the government’s keen focus will prove to be a key input in realizing India’s demographic dividend.

Mr George Kuruvilla-Chairman and Managing Director Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited and GC member, IASC SSC in his keynote address gave an overview of the new opportunities in the digitization of cable TV across the country. This creates new jobs across the country; we can only best use it if we are adequately skilled. He spoke of his belief in skilling youth and offered all his support to IASC

Mrs Neetu from CP Plus gave an analysis of the surveillance market and the breakup with respect to the camera technology, the forecasts for the surveillance sector and Video surveillance equipment usage by sectors. She also shared stories of success from CPPlus in large-scale implementations.

Mr. Anand Sherkane, Director, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, taking cue from Chairman IASC SSC, assured the Industry of the Support of the Ministry in Skill Development activities. He welcomed the event as one of the key forums for interaction between the Industry, the Academia and the Government. He expressed his believe in the need for skill development in Automation areas and recommended to have more of such interactive sessions.

Mr YK Sharma, BECIL provided a clear understanding of the Skill Training in Communication (Broadcasting) Sector. He laid out the stakeholders, opportunities and the policy initiatives being taken in the broadcast sector. Skilling can make an in-depth impact since broadcast industry has immense skill gap. He spoke on the occupational maps, areas of focus and the roles of MSO and System Integrators.

Mr Binay Tewari from BECIL provided an overview on the surveillance sector and the emphasized the need for non-domain skills along with domain skills. He showed the growth trajectory of the industry and the numerous opportunities it offers for skilling.

Mr. Ashutosh Mishra from Videocon D2H spoke about his everyday experiences in training people for his operations. His talk gave a good understanding of issues in training and effective customer support/operations.

Mr Shankar Rao, Director, Sofcon India Pvt. Ltd. shared his experience of being a training partner of NSDC and the challenges he faces. The need is to make skilling aspirational, to allow training partners to focus on training while ensuring some kind of support for mobilization. He spoke of need for more broad-based skills since industry does not want narrow skillset it wants people who can do multiple things hence multiskilling is a crucial area we need to follow.

Megha Mittal is cofounder and the master trainer of Differentia Consultants spoke on the soft skills required to be a better performer. She explained everyday mistakes we are prone to make and how focus on communication, self-awareness, goal setting and interpersonal behaviors are key to employability.
Mr Abhinav Jain, CEO IASC Sector Skill Council, delivering the Vote of Thanks assured the Industry members of IASC deep commitment to work hand in hand with the industry, He further assured that’s Industry’s skill needs will be met through IASC SSC.

During workshop, the industry also gave their suggestions on the occupational maps and Job Roles needed for this sector, which are being prepared by IASC SSC, Siemens Ltd. and Advancetech controls Pvt. Ltd. It was also expressed that soft skills should be integral part of all training programmes.