The ceremony was attended by Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas; K. H. Muniyappa, Union Minister of State for MSME (Independent Charge), Government of India; Prakash B Hukkeri, Minister for SSI, Muzrai, Sugar, Govt. of Karnataka; Amarendra Sinha, IAS, Addl. Secretary & Development Commissioner (MSME), Govt. of India; M N Vidyashankar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Karnataka and other dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering Dr. M. Veerappa Moily said, "The small scale sector has to be helped and boosted to aid the country's growth. In fact the Aerospace Industry starts from the MSME sector. We are set to revolutionize the small scale sector and Bangalore will soon become the Aerospace hub of India and it has the potential to be the global aerospace hub. He congratulated K. H. Muniyappa on the initiative taken by his Ministry to develop the MSME sector across India. He emphasized the need to speed up developments across the small scale industries for a brighter future."
Muniyappa said, “The Government of Karnataka (through KIADB) has given 10 acres of land, in front of SEZ, free of cost. This will provide technological and technical support to MSME sectors in the region especially for those in the aerospace and electronics systems and designs sectors. This Centre will also be in tune with the Karnataka's Aerospace Policy. This centre will boost Karnataka’s stature as one of the most advanced states in the aerospace sectors. The proposal to establish this Technology centre is based on the fact that Karnataka State has some of the best aerospace and electronics industries and also is the home to advanced R&D institutions like HAL, NAL, etc. handling prestigious strategic projects and this would be right time to support their activities by promoting the small-scale sectors. A very high-tech Technology Centre, with testing and calibration facility, will enable facilitate development of sophisticated tools required for the aerospace industry ESDM Sector.”
“The Technology Centres (TCs) are expected to train about 10,000 trainees per year in the 3rd year of its establishment through various long term and short term training programmes in the area of precision tooling and assist around 1000 MSMEs by way of design & development of sophisticated moulds, dies, tools and equipment as well as consultancy in the related fields,” said the Union Ministry officials.
Prakash B Hukkeri requested Muniyappa to begin a similar Tool Room in Belgaum to increase employability of youth from North Karnataka region as well.
“The Ministry of MSME, through the O/o Development Commissioner (MSME), has taken an initiative to set up a Programme Management Unit (PMU) that will design and establish 15 new Technology Centres (TC), Including the Bangalore technology center and upgrade the existing facilities under the Mission-mode Programme namely Technology Centre Systems Programme (TCSP). These facilities will focus on improving access to technology, providing skill up-gradation and offering advocacy support for specific industries with high growth potential,” the officials added.
“The Manufacturing sector’s contribution to the GDP is 15 percent and the Government is planning to enhance this to 25 percent of GDP. Manufacturing needs tooling and trained manpower, there are several Tool Rooms exist across the country but the need for more has risen. More than 1 lakh youth are trained and 95 percent of them are gainfully employed in various sectors. But the demand is increasing every day and the supply of trained manpower is insufficient. Therefore the Govt. of India has decided to establish 15 new Technology Centres covering diverse sectors,” the officials stated.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector plays an important role in India’s economic development and in the creation of productive jobs, especially in rural areas. According to the fourth All India Census of MSMEs, the number of enterprises and employment opportunities in this sector has grown by more than 25 percent in the period 2006-07 to 2011-12 compared to the period 2001-02 to 2006-07, compounded annually. Of this, rural areas accounted for more than half the share of total MSME growth in India. As evidenced by these figures, strengthening the MSME ecosystem is essential for achieving balanced economic development and creating productive jobs called for by India’s demographic dividend.
The long term vision of this programme is to ensure competitiveness of the MSME ecosystem by strengthening further their linkage to the mainstream manufacturing sector in the country. It is also envisioned that these existing TCs will act as mother units and thought leaders to the sectors and space in which they operate.The ultimate goal is to ensure easy access to high quality technology and holistic skill development and training across the industry value chain, geographies and functionalities. These activities will enable the strengthening of India’s MSME ecosystem and improve its competitiveness in the global market.