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Why 10,000 Engineering Students in AP are getting skilled in Mechatronics

In its efforts to make students job-ready and impart skills for future jobs, the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) is training 10,000 students every year in partnership with Germany-based APS European Centre for Mechatronics (ECM).

The APSSDC has signed an MoU with ECM to set up Indo-European Skilling Centres across engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh. These centres will provide formal education and training in mechatronics and industrial robotics to students and faculty members.
 
So, why is the Government focussing on Mechatronics and what exactly is Mechatronics? Why is it significant? Here’s a peek into the details. 
 
Mechatronics is a multi-disciplinary engineering stream which includes both electrical and mechanical systems powered with a combination of robotics, electronics, computer science, etc.

The fast-changing global markets are looking for talent and resources equipped with knowledge of electrical as well as mechanical engineering. In simple terms, Mechatronics is the study which enables one to understand the ways and means to enhance production in the manufacturing industry by developing newly integrated machinery with an eye on efficiency and cost. 
 
Given that the demand for mechanical engineering is set to spike by 5% between 2014-2024 as focus on manufacturing increases globally, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is preparing and training its students to make them future ready and produce talent to the world right from its home.

What adds to this boost is visionary leadership of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu who is known for adapting technocracy in governance. As someone who has introduced revolutionary forms of governance and policy-making processes to India and Andhra Pradesh, he understands the need for students of the state to be future-ready in a world where new technological changes demand new skills. 
 
Andhra Pradesh has also increased its focus on manufacturing as the state is home to several smartphone-makers such as Foxconn, Karbonn, Micromax, Xiaomi and other low-cost cellphone manufacturers. This talent could, at a later stage, be absorbed by these companies as Mechatronic engineers will be in great demand with a growing manufacturing base of the state. 

Dr K. Lakshminarayana, founder director of APSSDC has said, "It is imperative to make engineering students of Andhra Pradesh employable. We have to think on how we can take the latest technology to the classroom to make the students compete in the ever-growing worldwide employment market.”
 
Benefit for Students of 12 Engineering Colleges in AP
 
  • 12 Engineering colleges in AP will be selected for creating Indo-European Skilling Centres for Mechatronics and Industrial Robotics and Applied Robot Control (ARC) Labs
  • 250 B.Tech 3rd and 4th year students from each college will be picked by a team to reach the goal of training 10,000 students a year.
  • The course duration is three months. APSSDC and ECM will sponsor 90 per cent of the training fee Rs.30,000/per student. 
  • After completion of the training program, students will be awarded certificates from Aachen University, Germany.
 
Current status of the Program
 
  • One of the 12 colleges selected for the program is Narasaropeta Engineering College, Guntur. It is an Autonomous Institution with permanent affiliation to JNTUK, Kakinada.
  • 80 students from Andhra Pradesh will picked from Narasaropeta Engineering College and trained in Germany in the fields of Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Manufacturing.
  • Narasaropeta Engineering College faculty members will be given 4 weeks of training by German experts. 
  • They will also be equipped with state-of-the-art robots sponsored by by German companies and the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
So far, two professors from Narasaropeta Engineering College have already completed their training program in Germany and are equipped with skills to impart their lessons to the students. This partnership has also enhanced the infrastructure facilities and quality of education at Narasaropeta Engineering College. 

 

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