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Institute works on fostering innovation in MSME sector

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S. Sivagnanam, Director, MSME-DI addressing a cluster meet in Chennai on Monday.Photo: R.Ragu
S. Sivagnanam, Director, MSME-DI addressing a cluster meet in Chennai on Monday.Photo: R.Ragu

With the aim of fostering innovation in micro, small and medium enterprises, the MSME-Development Institute (MSME-DI) here will chalk out a plan with focus on technology and quality in all the clusters in Tamil Nadu, said its director, S. Sivagnanam, on Monday.

Delivering the keynote address at CSIR-SERC and MSME Innovation Cluster Meet on ‘Fostering Innovation in MSMEs' he said most of the clusters suffered for want of appropriate technology, R&D facility, finance and shortage of skilled manpower. To help the entrepreneurs, MSME-DI had identified more than 250 clusters in Tamil Nadu, including 70 artisan clusters.

According to him, the National Innovation Council (NIC) took the initiative to link scientific laboratories, industries and other stakeholders to bring a total transformation in the MSME sector. The NIC in association with Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) will support 50 innovation clusters by the year-end and 150 clusters in the next fiscal. Besides, the NIC will create a model for transferring the regional MSME clusters into innovation eco-systems with collaborative partnership.

“The Centre has declared 2010-20 as a Decade of Innovation. This innovation drive is expected to bring new products, new services, new processes, new business models and in turn create more jobs and ultimately lead to inclusive growth,” he said. Mr. Sivagnanam said the NIC had adopted two clusters in Tamil Nadu – foundry cluster in Coimbatore and mango pulp cluster in Krishnagiri. The leather sector at Ambur has been declared Innovation Cluster through the MSME Ministry. Besides, the MSME-DI on its own with the active participation of CSIR-SERC identified three clusters to provide immediate intervention“We also plan to come out with a match-making portal which will serve as a ready reckoner for CSIR laboratories and enterprises of different sectors. The MSME-DI will be an effective facilitator and a partner to make Tamil Nadu the numero uno State,” he said.

In his welcome address, Nagesh R. Iyer, Director, CSIR-SERC, Chennai, “The MSME is the real growth engine for the economy and it has to be supported. The SERC has a lot of tested technologies, which can be transferred into MSME. Entrepreneurs have to make use of our expertise.”


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