The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Samsung India today signed an agreement to open MSME-Samsung Digital Academy, to offer young students a skill development course based on the Tizen OS Platform.
While talking exclusively to SMEStreet, Mr Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister, Ministry of MSME, Government of India stated, “Skill development is the basic and most important element for India’s growth story. Government of India is committed and aggressively working towards the betterment of the economy. Mega programs such as ‘Make In India’ are some important steps towards this. However, in order to succeed through these programs, skill development is an important priority for the industry. Hence, our commitment towards skill development is extremely vital for the overall growth path.”
As per the MoU signed by Mr. Amarendra Sinha, Development Commissioner, MSME and Mr. HW Bang, Senior Vice President Samsung India Electronics, the company will offer the Digital Academy course in collaboration with the Ministry and will seek to train youth on developing apps that run on the Tizen OS across a multitude of devices such as smart phones, televisions and tablets.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Kalraj Mishra also said that in keeping with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Make in India and skilling India today’s collaboration between the Ministry and Samsung India is an endeavour in this direction.
The Minister further added that MSME Sector employs maximum number of people in India next to agriculture. To meet skilled manpower requirement in the sector, the Ministry of MSME is committed to create industry responsive manpower by giving thrust on employable skills and vocational training in partnership with Industry.
Various field establishments under the Ministry are regularly conducting skill development training programmes through which more than 6 lakh youth have been trained.
Mr Kalraj Mishra said, “Samsung India has been our partner since last year, when we signed an agreement for establishing MSME-Samsung Technical Schools at the MSME Technology Centres. That joint initiative is expected to help train approx 10,000 youth every year. These trained youth will have the opportunity to find placement in various appliances manufacturing organizations including Samsung. I also believe that many of them can also establish their own enterprises and Service Centres for repairing & maintenance of electrical & electronics goods.
Addressing media person Mr. HC Hong, President & CEO Samsung India Electronics said “India is increasingly emerging as a key player in the development of next generation technology ecosystems. We are pleased that through our collaboration with the Ministry of MSME, Samsung Digital Academy will also contribute to India’s skill development mission from a digital perspective.
In its first phases the Samsung Digital Academy will be rolled out across the 10 MSME-Samsung Technical Schools which have been set up by Samsung and MSME Ministry following an MoU in August 2014. Each of these schools will run a four week long course in batches of 30 students. The programme will eventually be scaled up to include 68 other MSME Technical Centre across the country as well as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs and IIITs) National Institute of Technology (NITs), and other key institutes of technical education and engineering in India.
With a strong mix of theory and lab-based training the inaugural Samsung Digital Academy course will cover topics such as an introduction to the Tizen platform, the Tizen app development process testing and debugging device Application Programme Interface (APIs) as well as packaging and installation of designed apps on various devices. Students will also be trained on how to migrate existing apps on to the Tizen platform. The curriculum will be developed by Samsung Research Institutes in Delhi and Bengaluru. Samsung will also provide the Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as Samsung Z1 phones for testing purpose.
Tizen is an open and adaptable platform offering multi-application capability across a wide range of devices, including smart phones, tablets and TVs. Samsung’s first Tizen based smart phones- the Samsung Z1, was launched in India earlier this year.