Schneider Electric signs MoU with engineering colleges in Bhubaneswar to address digital skill gap in electricity, automation and energy management market
• Nearly half of the workforce in the IT sector to be irrelevant over the next 3-4 years, says Mckinsey report
• KIIT and CV Raman College of Engineering college to set up industry incubation centre in partnership with Schneider Electric
• Schneider to assist the institutes in establishing and improvising world-class infrastructure, design course curriculum
Bhubaneswar – June 08, 2017 – Stepping up on its commitment to plug the skill gap in the country, Schneider Electric India, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has signed an MoU with Kalinga Institute of Technology (KIIT) and CV Raman college of engineering in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, to develop skilled manpower for the highly-technical electricity, automation and energy management market. Influx of digital technologies due to growth in cloud-based services has brought about a radical shift in the skill requirements for electricity, automation and energy management market. Going by this trend, nearly half of the workforce in the IT sector is expected to be redundant over the next 3-4 years and would need to be retrained and re-skilled, according to a report from Mckinsey & Company. One of the solutions highlighted by Mckinsey to turn this around is to invest in building new capabilities and re-skilling employees with emerging technologies.
Both KIIT and C V Raman college of Engineering have already set up an Industry Incubation Centre under guidance from Schneider Electric to impart industrial training to engineering students that will help create a large reservoir of highly qualified manpower in all fields related to electricity, automation and energy management. Extending this collaboration further, Schneider has now signed an MoU with these institutes to understand and prepare joint operations so as to meet milestones in establishing industry academic relations. As part of the MoU, both the Institutes and Schneider Electric will encourage interactions between the Engineers, Research fellows, faculty members and students of both the organizations.
On signing the MoU, Rachna Mukherjee, Chief Human Resources Officer, Schneider Electric India, said, “This MoU is in line with our vision to develop a globally competitive talent pool in India, armed with futuristic skill-sets aligned to the requirements of the fast evolving sectors like energy management and automation. With a deep understanding of the changing skills requirement of the industry, Schneider Electric is committed to support India in its human resources capability building initiative. Through these strategic partnerships, we aim to deliver the best of the training and skill development to accelerate transformation into the new-age opportunities in the energy sector.”
Under the MoU, Schneider Electric will recognize the Institutes as an “Training and Education Partner”, supply lab equipment, assist the institutes in establishing and improvising world-class infrastructure pertaining to electrical, automation, energy management and Renewable Energy and its associated areas and assist in designing the layout of all labs/workshops that are required to deliver practical’s and project assistance. Schneider Electric and the institutes will also jointly design course curriculum and course content surpassing growing industry demand in all segments of electricity, automation and energy management. In addition, Schneider Electric will assist in making contact of the institutes with the French Ministry of Education for discussions and engagements for international exchange of students and teaching staff between the institutes and similar Technical schools in France.