Telangana, Tata Partner for Skill Development

In a major boost to the skill development sector in Telangana, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Technologies, a global engineering and product development digital services company, to upgrade 65 state-run industrial training institutes (ITIs) into advanced technical skill training centres. The project aims to enhance the employability of the youth in the state by providing them with industry-relevant skills and certifications that match the current and future demands of the market.

The MoU was signed on March 9, 2024, at Hyderabad, in the presence of Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao and Tata Technologies CEO Warren Harris. The total project cost is Rs 2324 crores, out of which Rs 464.8 crores will be contributed by the state government and Rs 1859.2 crores will be invested by Tata Technologies. The project will be implemented over a period of five years, covering all the 33 districts of the state.

The upgraded ITIs will offer courses in various domains such as automotive, aerospace, defence, construction, manufacturing, and smart cities. The courses will be aligned with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and will be accredited by the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET). The courses will also include soft skills, digital literacy, and entrepreneurship modules to prepare the students for the future of work.

The project will also involve training of trainers, setting up of labs and workshops, providing digital learning platforms, and creating industry linkages for placements and internships. The project will benefit over 1.5 lakh students annually and will create a pool of skilled manpower for the state’s industrial growth. The project will also generate direct and indirect employment opportunities for over 10,000 people.

The MoU is part of the Telangana government’s vision to make the state a hub for skilled talent and innovation. The government has also established the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), which is a unique skill development initiative from IT, E&C Department aimed at improving the quality of graduates coming out of colleges by imparting industry-grade skill sets. TASK has touched over 1.34 million lives since its inception in June 2015.

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