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MAJOR STEP: Wolfgang Wagner, Managing Director, Bosch Rexroth-India, seen after laying the foundation stone for VTU-Bosch Rexroth Centre of Competence in Automation Technology in Mysore on Thursday. Vice Chancellor of VTU Balaveera Reddy and Uwe Frey er, Manager Franchise Training Centre, are seen. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
MAJOR STEP: Wolfgang Wagner, Managing Director, Bosch Rexroth-India, seen after laying the foundation stone for VTU-Bosch Rexroth Centre of Competence in Automation Technology in Mysore on Thursday. Vice Chancellor of VTU Balaveera Reddy and Uwe Frey er, Manager Franchise Training Centre, are seen. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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India is facing shortage of manpower in the automobile industry

  • State-of-the-art laboratories will be established
  • Resource persons will be trained in Germany

    MYSORE: The VTU-BoschRexroth Centre of Competence in Automation Technology to be situated in Mysore is expected to sustain the exponential growth in the field of automobile and ancillary industries and infrastructure sector in the country.

    For, the VTU-BR Centre of Competence will have facilities to impart training and education in industrial hydraulics, pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, sensorics, mechatronics and robotics all of which constitute high-end engineering and technology that shapes the future.

    Industrial automation technologies involves hydraulic and pneumatic drives and they find innumerable application in industries such as aerospace, machine tools, steel mills, heavy machinery, power plants and material handling equipment among others. India is making rapid strides in these fields and hence the importance of the new training and research centre in Mysore can hardly be over-emphasised.

    G.L. Shekar, who was one of the key players to help forge VTU's tie-up with the German company, pointed out that the Mysore centre would provide training in six technology verticals that were critical to automation.

    Important sector

    "India is the fifth fastest growing economies in the world and the third largest car market in Asia with nearly 6,00,000 vehicles transacted during the year 2000 and which grew by 50 per cent in 2005 and hence constitutes one of the key sectors of the Indian economy."

    It was pointed out that investment in the automobile sector exceeds $10 billion and employed five lakh people directly and more than 10 million people indirectly. The demand for manufactured goods is also witnessing an accelerated growth during since the last two years.

    Each of these sectors is heavily driven by automation technology that depends on drives and controls but India was facing a severe shortage of manpower at different levels. Sustaining the growth required competent manpower.

    Dr. Shekar said the skill levels of engineers required a drastic upgradation, especially in the field of automation technology, which was not adequately addressed in the universities and engineering colleges resulting in huge gap between the industrial requirement and the availability of trained manpower.

    The Mysore centre in Automation Technology was to reduce this gap by training the students and industrial personnel, he added.

    Modules ready

    The training modules have been prepared. It will be a world-class centre as per the international standards specified by Bosch Rexroth-Germany (BRAG). State-of-the-art laboratories will be established and software and teaching aids made in BRAG and accepted in European universities will be incorporated. There will be stand-alone laboratories for each of the six technologies that will focus on research and development and each laboratory will accommodate 20 students.

    The VTU has already identified 14 subject experts as its resource persons and they will be trained in Germany.

    Dr. Shekar said in the second phase, training would be offered to industries and already automobile majors and other key players in the field of infrastructure, had lined up for training.

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