What lacks majorly in the education system of India has become the basis of the foundation of a new vocational education centre in the Country. A group of Swiss Companies have come forward to set up one such centre with the manufacturing sector its epicenter. The Centre of Excellence for Manufacturing would be established by the Swiss entities in alliance with the Malhotra Weikfield Foundation, a Pune based foundation working to enhance the quality of education in India with a special focus towards Science, Technology and Holistic Arts.
In its initial phase of establishment, five Swiss entities having operations in Pune, joined hands to set up the Centre. Burckhardt Compression, Syngenta Foundation, Sulzer India, Rieter Foundation and Hilti are the entities working towards the set up of this unique education centre in India.
Managing Director of Burckhardt Compression (India) Private Limited, Mr. Narasimha Rao said that the ‘Swiss Centre of Excellence’ will be offering various programs in Polymechanics, Mechatronics, Welding and Design. All the programs will be four-year courses, last two years of which will provide its students an offer to work at Swiss companies for a few days. The Centre is expected to be operational in 2016-17.
Burckhardt Compression (India) Private Limited is into the machinery manufacturing segment, there are more than 20 Swiss companies that have manufacturing facilities in the Pune region.
Only 24 students per year would be allowed to be a part of the Swiss Centre of Excellence for Manufacturing, the minimum criteria for admission is that the student must have passed 10th standard with at least 35 percent marks in Mathematics.
Besides the Centre of Excellence for Manufacturing, the Centre would host a Swiss Centre of Excellence for Agriculture to train agri-entrepreneurs and agri-technicians in the Country.