MSME ministry plans to open 20 new technology centres

As per news reports, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) is likely to develop 20 technology centres. Along with extension centres across the country in the next three to five years.

Sudhir Garg, Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of MSME said, “these centres would come up at an investment of ₹200 crores each. There are plans to have about 100 extension centres, each at an investment of ₹ 20 crore. We are identifying locations. These will come up in the next three to five years. The aim is to ensure that maximum units are benefited from the facilities.”

Reports mention that as many as 18 tool rooms are operational in the country and 15 more are in different stages of development or have started functioning. The tool rooms are specific to electronics, general engineering and high-end engineering sectors.

In fact, they are equipped with modern technology machinery and testing equipment. Moreover, the services are offered to industries at a competitive price.

With the development of exponential technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality, the manufacturing units in the MSME sector need to have access to these.

Therefore, the ministry is creating trained manpower in virtual reality sector through the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), which has also developed training modules that use virtual reality and these will be launched across the country through the NSIC in a couple of months.

Sudhir Garg also stated, “we are training people in augmented reality too.” He added that the ministry has established about 100 livelihood business incubators at taluk levels to train man power and create new businesses and plans to have more such incubators.

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