n IGTR introduces 3-year mechatronics course for SSC pass-outs
n It comprises branches like robotics, programmable control logic
Automation must to survive in competition
Milind Kelkar, managing director of local industry Grind Master, maintained that if one wants to survive in the competition, one has to adopt automation. "Workforce at ITI level must acquire knowledge of mechatronics. Even hospitals, which are these days introducing modern machines, will need persons trained in automation for maintenance and upkeep of the set-ups. So, education in mechatronics is a good step."• IGTR introduces 3-year mechatronics course for SSC pass-outs • It comprises branches like robotics, programmable control logic YOGESH GOLE
With the rapid growth in technology, industries are relying more and more on automation. However, there are very few institutions in India that offer education in automation. In a welcome initiative, Chikalthana Industrial estate-based Indo German Tool Room, a government of India Society under ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries, will be introducing a three-year course in mechatronics (mechanical+electronics) for SSC pass-outs from this academic year, thereby opening doors of advanced technical education to students of Maharashtra.
Confirming the development, IGTR general manager Hemant Kapse said, "The course includes subjects like programmable logic control, industrial automation, robotics and control technology,"
Throwing further light on the course, IGTR manager (design) Jayesh Bagul said, "Industries invest crores in automation but do not find suitable manpower to operate the systems. Currently, electronic or electrical engineers handle the systems. There are only a few companies offering this course and in Maharashtra it is being made available for the first time. A set-up comprising modern machinery has been raised at an expenditure of Rs 1.5 crore for this purpose."
A written examination will be held on July 14 and the last date for applying is June 29.
Technical education expert and vice-president of First Foundation Dr Ajit Thete welcomed the development. "In future, quality and degree of accuracy will assume great importance. So, automation is inevitable. At micro level, jobs that cannot be done by humans will be accomplished by way of automation which will lead both to enhancement in quality and quantity. Automation is the future of industry. Not only in automobile industry but all kinds of businesses will embrace it."