With a focus on bridging employability gaps within the industry, Nasscom has partnered with Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design technology, with a new standardised courseware ‘Product Design Engineer—Mechanical’, to enhance skilling in this field. This courseware, it is claimed, will empower students in India with the required competencies at the entry level within the larger occupation of Product Engineering Design in the Engineering Research & Development sub-sector of the industry. This courseware will help create a skilled talent pool, trained on global standards, with the ability to usher in a design-led future of making things.
To ensure the creation of an academic course that is both relevant and viable, Nasscom partnered with key industry stakeholders ANSYS, Autodesk, JCB, Geometric, Imaginarium, SQS, L&T Technology Services, Tata Technologies and TCS. Their inputs have enhanced the design of the curriculum & courseware.
Tim Scanlon, global engagement lead, Autodesk Education Experiences (AEX), noted that India needs an evolved education ecosystem built on the foundations of design thinking. “This will ensure that the skill-sets possessed by the workforce are relevant and in-sync with the changing requirements of the manufacturing sector. Autodesk has many global initiatives aimed at enabling design skills, right at the grassroots—the students—who eventually join the industry and fuel the growth of national economies.”
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Pradeep Nair, MD, Autodesk India & SAARC, said, “Students need to possess the relevant technology skills that can enable them to be industry-ready and capable of driving innovation in product design and engineering. Fusion 360 is an advanced design tool that combines industrial and mechanical design, collaboration and machining in a single package. The courseware based on Fusion 360 will not only up-skill students but also enable them to dovetail into the evolving requirements of the manufacturing sector in India.”
India is one of the world’s largest population base of employable youth and is poised to become a sought-after destination for those seeking higher value add and specialised services. Per industry figures, the manufacturing industry contributes 15.1% of India’s GDP and its contribution is expected to be around 25-30% by 2025. The sector is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2025, in the process creating 90 million jobs. This initiative is expected to build new employability standards, bearing in mind the changing scenario of talent demand and supply in the industry.