iit bhubaneswar: IIT Bhubaneswar Wins Project Under MeitY’s Chips to Startups Program

Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar has been given permission to conduct a project under the Chips to Startups scheme, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said.

Addressing a press conference in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday, Vaishnaw said IIT Bhubaneswar has joined the government’s Chips to Startups scheme. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Chips to Startup program aims to train 85,000 high-level engineers in very large scale integration (VLSI) and embedded systems design technologies.

As per the approval, a project titled “Indigenous Neuromorphic Processor Based on Energy Efficient Mesh Architecture for IoT (Internet of Things) Applications at the Extreme Edge” will be executed at IIT Bhubaneswar for a period of five years. The project will run under the chips at startup program.

Apart from the project at IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Hyderabad also plans to launch an undergraduate course in VLSI Design and Technology, which also aims to create a pool of highly qualified semiconductor engineers and technical experts.

The two courses are part of the IT Department’s plan to train 85,000 engineers for various roles in the semiconductor industry, in addition to nearly 250,000 shop technicians and junior engineers. For the training of workshop technicians, the government has partnered with the Research Institute of Industrial Technology in Taiwan and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.

The plan to create a talent pool of engineers and workshop technicians was created following consultations with global companies that had expressed interest in the semiconductor mission of the Ministry of Computing. These companies then told government officials that although India had many engineers at the graduate level, including in management positions, there were almost no employable graduates at the trainee level.

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In April this year, the All-India Council for Technical Education had authorized institutions to offer two new degree and undergraduate courses, which included a Diploma in Embedded Chip Manufacturing Process and a Bachelor’s Degree in Design and Technology. VLSI.

“With reference to India’s Semiconductor and Display Manufacturing Ecosystem Development Programme, as approved by the Cabinet, it is pertinent that India’s aspirations to establish a manufacturing ecosystem semiconductor and display industries require a market-ready talent pool in the semiconductor and display space, which would ultimately require a clear capacity building roadmap,” said the official AICTE circular.

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Ryan H. Bowman