The Directorate of Employment and Training signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Autodesk Asia, the American MNC that focuses on 2D and 3D design software for use in the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and entertainment industries, on Thursday. The MoU would enable extension of digital design education for free in over 1,400 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), benefitting about 1.6 lakh students annually.
Soon after the MoU was signed, Minister for Labour and Sericulture B.N. Bache Gowda said it was necessary to supplement hard skill training with IT enabled design and development exposure to make ITI trainees readily employable. “The initiative taken to provide AutoCAD training by way of providing the Autodesk software free of cost is a commendable step,” he said.
Urging the principals and faculty members of the ITIs to make full use of the AutoCAD range of software provided in imparting quality training, he termed the MoU as a milestone in government-industry partnership in strengthening and imparting the vocational training in the State.
The agreement will be in force for three years, and the tie-up will entail Autodesk to contribute for improving technical education through a faculty centric approach. The partnership entails courseware development, faculty training and immersive learning programmes for students, including design competitions.
The courses will include advanced technologies with particular focus on manufacturing, architecture, engineering and construction sectors, a release said.
Labour Department Secretary G.S. Naryanaswamy, Economic Adviser to State government K.V. Raju and Autodesk Head of Education Worldwide (Emerging Markets) George Abraham were present.
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