The Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) in Kanpur has unveiled three significant partnerships with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Dassault Aircraft Services India (DASI). These collaborations are centred on the comprehensive development of young individuals, particularly those in Uttar Pradesh, granting them access to high-quality educational programs in cutting-edge courses within the Aviation and Defense sectors, according to an official release.
This marks a collaboration in building the capabilities of IIS Kanpur, a concept initially envisioned by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during his visit to Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education—a renowned institution preparing students for successful careers. The establishment of IISs across the country is aimed at elevating training standards within the current skill development landscape, the release mentioned.
The objective of setting up IISs is to establish world-class skill training centres by drawing inspiration and best practices from internationally acclaimed institutions. The course curricula have been meticulously crafted in consultation with subject matter experts from the institution, IIT Kanpur. These planned modules encompass Industry 4.0 subjects such as AI, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Advanced Manufacturing, Krishi 2.0 Smart Agriculture, Robotics, Automation and more, as per the release.
“Futuristic courses under this collaboration are Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gift to the youth. This is also the first time that an educational institute, skilling institution, and industry are coming together to synergize efforts to certify and future-proof youth. This collaboration will also pave the way for leveraging opportunities emerging out of UP’s defence corridor and in the aerospace, aviation, and defence sectors,” Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Education, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said.
In another strategic partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), HAL will establish a state-of-the-art CNC lab at the new IIS Kanpur facility as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. This endeavour is geared towards providing IIS Kanpur’s faculty and trainees exposure to advanced CNC machining technology while concurrently facilitating training, re-skilling, and up-skilling of the target audience. The ultimate goal is to equip trainees with the skills necessary for industrial employment, thus bolstering the Skill India initiative. Furthermore, this project aims to foster greater collaboration between academia and industry by creating a shared engineering environment, promoting effective knowledge exchange, it added.
From an infrastructure perspective, the development includes 12 laboratories, 12 classrooms, a multipurpose room, an open theatre, an outdoor training area, conference and discussion rooms, and a cafeteria. Additionally, the partnership with Dassault Aviation will usher in a course in Aeronautical Structure and Equipment Fitting (AS&EF) at IIS Kanpur, offering long-term training opportunities in the aviation sector in Kanpur. As part of this collaboration, the Dassault Aviation Centre of Excellence for Aeronautical Vocational Training is being established within the IIS Kanpur campus.
“It’s an important day for us as we build the capabilities in IISs with the exchange of three MoUs for IIS Kanpur today. With these partnerships, we envision the setting up of best-in-class infrastructure accompanied with modern training methodology to build a strong foundation for the youth, particularly those in Uttar Pradesh. We are certain that our young cadre associated with IIS will benefit immensely with the commitment showcased by IIT Kanpur, HAL and DASSAULT in offering high-quality education in new-age courses, defence and aviation sectors,” Atul Kumar Tiwari, secretary, MSDE, said.
These partnerships are envisioned to establish robust connections between industries and employers, thus fostering state-of-the-art training facilities at IIS and providing avenues for on-the-job training with leading companies. Moreover, these initiatives contribute to the local ecosystem’s adaptation to cutting-edge technology, benefiting society at large. The Government of India has already set up IISs in three locations across the country, namely Mumbai, Kanpur, and Ahmedabad.