Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has launched “Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics and IT” with an objective to enhance the number of PhDs in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and IT/IT Enabled Services (IT/ITES) sectors in the country. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the scheme in 2014 for a period of nine years. The total estimated cost of the Scheme is Rs. 466 crores (Rupees Four Hundred sixty six crores only)
The objective of the above scheme is to set up seven (07) Electronics and ICT Academies as a unit in IITs, IIITs, NITs, etc., for faculty/mentor development/up gradation to improve the employability of the graduates/diploma holders in various streams, through active collaboration of States/UTs with financial assistance from the Central Government. Electronics and ICT Academy would aim to provide specialized training to the faculties of the Engineering, Arts, Commerce & Science colleges, Polytechnics etc, by developing state-of-the-art facilities. Approval has been accorded for setting up of 07 such regional Academies in NIT Patna, (Bihar), IIITDM Jabalpur, (Madhya Pradesh), NIT Warangal, (Telangana), IIT Guwahati, (Assam), IIT, Kanpur (Uttar Pradsh), IIT, Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and MNIT, Jaipur (Rajasthan). The Ministry has earlier setup two ICT Academies at Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.
MeitY in collaboration with SSC-NASSCOM has initiated a programme titled FutureSkills PRIME (Programme for Re-skilling/Up-skilling of IT Manpower for Employability) which has been approved under the Champion Services Sector Scheme (CSSS), Department of Commerce. The programme is aimed at re-skilling/ up-skilling of IT professionals in 10 new/emerging technologies which include Augmented/Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Social & Mobile, Cyber Security and Blockchain. FutureSkills PRIME Programme is a first of its kind initiative which follows an ‘aggregator of aggregators’ approach for digital skills training on a national scale, with the entire platform being hosted online. Premium content from Indian and global content providers is aggregated on the FutureSkills PRIME portal and made available to candidates, to facilitate any time any where learning, in line with their aptitude and aspirations. Under the programme IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council (SSC) NASSCOM is the Key Implementing Agency. To strengthen physical and digital connectivity, the existing pan-India presence & skilling capabilities of training providers (SSC NASSCOM, NIELIT, C-DAC etc.) is also leveraged. Towards this, 40 C-DAC/ NIELIT Centres are identified as Lead & Co-Lead Resource Centres (RCs) to institutionalize the blended-learning training programmes in a hub and spoke mode for the 10 emerging technologies.
The ISEA Project which is aimed at generation of manpower in the area of Information Security at various levels, train government officials and create mass awareness was completed on 31.3.2014 under which more than 42,000 students were trained in various formal and non-formal course at various academic institutions, NIELIT and CDAC; and more than 500 awareness workshops were conducted throughout the country. A Phase-II of the project has been approved with an outlay of Rs. 96.08 crore to be implemented over a period of 5 years w.e.f. 01.4.2014. Under the ISEA Phase-II, 1.14 lakh persons are proposed to be trained under formal and non-formal courses, faculty training etc. In addition, about 400 Paper publications are expected. The project also aims to provide training to more than 13,000 Government officials and creating mass information security awareness targeted towards Academic users, Government users and General users (approximately 3 crore Internet users in five years through direct and indirect mode).
A programme entitled ‘Special Manpower Development Programme for Chips to System Design’ was initiated by the Ministry under ‘Digital India Programme’ in December 2014. The objective of the programme is to broaden the VLSI Design base in the country, generate specialized manpower in the area of VLSI and system level design, as well as to bring in a culture of System-on-Chip / System Designing which will ensure moving up in the value chain in the “System Design Space”. The program is being implemented at 60 institutions spread across the country including all IITs, all NITs, etc. These institutions have been divided in two categories – Resource Centers (10) and Participating Institutions (50). The Resource Centers will be the Mentoring Institutions in the program. The project has an outlay of Rs. 99.72 Crore with duration of 5 years.