India’s Enterprise Ministry Teams Up with Samsung on Tech Schools

India's Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Samsung in an effort to set up technical schools in India that will train as many as 10,000 students per year in 10 locations across the country.

Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra said, "The MSME sector employs maximum number of people in India next to agriculture and 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."

Last year, the ministry trained more than 6 million students. With Samsung's Advanced Repair and Industrial Skills Enhancement (ARISE-2) program, those trained in trade-specific training, such as repair and troubleshooting of electronic products will be given work experience at Samsung centers.

Upon completion of the program, students will able to find jobs at technical companies, including Samsung. Customer service skills will also be provided.

The partnership with Samsung will give hands-on training to students; a step up from the training the ministry has previously been able to offer. Plans including training for mobile phones, televisions, home theaters and home appliances.

B. D. Park, president and CEO South West Asia, Samsung Electronics said, "India is a key growth market for global consumer electronics manufacturing which lends itself to enormous employment opportunity. As an industry leader, Samsung is committed to working with the Indian government to tap this potential. Our collaboration with the Ministry of MSME to create a pool of skilled workforce through the MSME-Samsung Technical Schools is a step in this direction. We are confident that through the Samsung A.R.I.S.E.2 program, students will get hands-on experience that will make them an asset to the industry."

Technical schools have been proposed for Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai, and Varanasi. The school in Delhi has already been established.

Samsung has placed emphasis on the importance of school in the past. In the fall of 2013 "Samsung School" was first put in place in classrooms in Arizona. Packages included Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets, interactive whiteboards and wireless printers, all of which came with classroom management software. Schools are now in place across the US and the program is expanding into other countries.

More recently, their Solve for Tomorrow contest earlier this year asked students to show how math and science could be used to improve their direct environment or community, helping "students understand the immediate benefits, learn the broader implications, and hopefully develop a new-found, lasting appreciation for the power of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)."

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