The Current Scenario is expected to lead to a significant Local Demand

The government is striving to give a boost to the electronics sector manufacturing in India and has developed a comprehensive plan to realize the vision of making the country self- reliant. Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) is a Not‐for‐Profit Organization, registered under the Indian Companies Act, 1956. ESSCI envisions to enable a world class electronics manufacturing industry with an ecosystem for skill development and enhance employability of the large number of Indian human resource. Talking to Electronic Maker, N.K. Mohapatra, Chief Executive Officer, ESSCI talks about skill training, job creation and employment chances. 

N.K. Mohapatra having his strong foundation in R & D and Product development has experience as a marketing professional and a technocrat in current assignment as the CEO of ESSCI, his unstinting effort and personal commitment has ensured that ESSCI is on an inspiring trajectory of growth.

Due to Covid-19, US & European firms are looking at India as an alternative to China. How would it create an opportunity for the electronics sector?

The India Story of taking a global lead in manufacturing of electronics components and equipment becomes more relevant in the current scenario with the world affected by the CIOVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

With the socio- economic landscape changing and the global political scene being realigned a lot of American and European  industry is considering migrating from China and India offers an excellent alternative with its inherent advantage of more than 60% of the population being in the working age group, a huge Consumption Market, Strong Design and R&D Capability in Select Products – Auto electronics, industrial etc., Government Schemes generating a Good Demand – tablets for education sector, Digital India, broadband push etc. an adequately Developed EMS Industry – to be a significant contributor to ecosystem development and last and not the least an enormous Resident Talent in Semiconductor Design and Embedded Software.

The current scenario is expected to lead to a significant Local Demand as a Influencer for Investment Attraction and the rising manufacturing costs in China will lead to India emerging as a leading an alternate Destination.

The government policies and schemes like the  – PLI, SPECS, EMC 2.0 etc. favor attracting Manufacturing Investments and there is a big Export Potential waiting to be exploited with a  huge consumption market in the middle East, emerging growth markets of North Africa and Latin America huge migration to Digital and Remote Service

Can you elaborate which type of job will be created in the electronic segment due to emerging technology and innovation?

The National Policy for Electronics 2019 specifically launches the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing. PLI for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing proposes a financial incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the electronics value chain and aims to create over  8,00,000 Jobs.

The jobs expected to be created would be mostly be related to the factory manufacturing job roles for assembly line operators, PCB assembly,  EMS operators, maintenance engineers and trained in robotics, automation and Industry 4.0 related job roles.

Production Linked Incentives of up to INR 40,951 crores will be awarded over a period of 5 years for Mobile Phone, Specified Electronic Components includes Medical Electronics, SMT components Discrete semiconductor devices including transistors, diodes, thyristors, etc., Passive components including resistors, capacitors, etc. for electronic applications, Printed Circuit Boards (PCB), PCB laminates, prepregs, photopolymer films, PCB printing inks, Sensors, transducers, actuators, crystals for electronic applications, System in Package (SIP) Micro / Nano-electronic components such as Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Nano Electromechanical Systems (NEMS) and Assembly, Testing, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) units.

What do you think, MSME focused economic packages may turn out to be beneficial for the electronic segment? 

The NPE 2019 is a redefining policy which seeks to create immediate opportunities and apart from the schemes for large units, a huge initiative to create an holistic eco-system to support the large manufacturing is sought to be created and this would be under the MSME sector. The Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) has an ambitious target of creating over 6,00,000 Jobs and the Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters Scheme (EMC 2.0), which seeks to  strengthen the infrastructure base for the electronics industry and deepen the electronics value chain in India and generate 10,00,000 jobs would be of great benefit to the Electronics Industry.

What should be the roadmap for creating India into a very strong electronic hub as well as “Aatm Nirbhar Bharat”?

Then government of India has embarked upon an ambitious plan to support Industry planning to migrate to India and part from the incentives and benefits specified in the NPE 2019 is allocating huge land more than double the size of Luxemburg to the Industry migrating from China.

The following are the products which are expected to bring about a huge demand post Covid-19 and the government has formed an immediate action plan to promote these products to channelize the industry for achieving the goals set in the NPE 2019

a.      Consumer Electronics & IT Hardware:

  1. Remote Based Customer care services
  2. Contactless / IoT based services solution
  3. Surveillance & Monitoring
  4. DIY based learning & solution.

b.      Medical Electronics

  1. Installation & Commissioning of Ventilators , Mini ICU, Sanitisation chambers/tunnels, Thermal Scanners
  2. Smart Cities
  3. Centralised Security & Surveillance through NOC or Command Centre ,
  4. E-M Governance services delivery through e-Library
  5. Smart classrooms

c.       IoT

  1. Big data Analysis
  2. M2M communication
  3. SCADA System

d.      Automation

  1. Industry 4.0 & Smart manufacturing
  2. Machine Safety through Automation

e.      R&D manufacturing

  1. Research & Design through Data Science Methodology
  2. Export certification
  3. Ease of doing business and promoting volume manufacturing in electronic export market.

What is the training and assessment process of ESSCI after the skilling program?

The Electronics Sector Skills Council of India is realigning its competence to impart training and undertake assessment / certification through a remote mechanism built through a sophisticated online Learning Management System,

The Assessment undertaken by ESSCI is as follows :

How has recruitment policies changed with new skills coming up in demand?

The Electronics Industry is currently reeling under the shortage of skilled labour with migrant workers having gone back to their native places and here ESSCI has stepped in is ensuring supply of skilled manpower to the industry. The whole engagement process has gone contactless and through a remote mechanism of selection, recruitment and deployment.

The council received a LOI from Wistron Corporation to help them in their proposed manufacturing capacity expansion in India, resulting in a demand of 20,000 factory workers, which ESSCI would train and deploy.

The ESSCI has been able to place over 525 candidates in the industry under the apprenticeship programme during the period ( Apr & May) and also able to service the electronics industry with supply of skilled manpower through its job portal, which has found traction during the period. Some notable industry engaged with manpower being Urban clap, VVDN, TVS electronics, Schneider Electric through ESSCI-Job Portal.

Any information you would like to share with our readers?    

The current Pandemic has resulted in the Electronics Industry gaining momentum and opportunities for job and business emerging is a silver line the dark cloud. The Electronics Sector is a sun rise sector currently and is expected to grow in the coming months.

The immediate trends in the sector are expected to be development of contactless Customer care remote services , Online videos solution / IoT based solutions through cloud computing for remote troubleshooting , Installation & Commissioning of affordable Intensive health care unit (Ventilators , Mini ICU) at home, Education and assessment through online learning management platform, DIY Kits based learning models for school students, Virtual labs Simulated with AR / VR technology for Higher education , Use of IoT for remote process management, Advancement in networking solutions and cybersecurity, Computer literacy beyond PMG- Disha and rural entrepreneurship, Personal Hygiene based solutions ( Sanitization Tunnels , Thermal Scanning through Drones etc ) for offices & market places, Faster adoption of Industry 4.0 & Data Analytics  in ESDM industries thus bringing about a new energy and opportunities in the sector.

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