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SIIC, IIT Kanpur signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Training and Employment, Uttar Pradesh to train principals of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across Uttar Pradesh on new-age innovation technologies. The program aims at fostering capacity building among it is to complement their exceptional academic know-how with a contemporary skillset. The week-long workshop program was launched on 21st June 2021 in an event graced by Sh. Kapil Dev Aggarwal, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Skill Development and Vocational Education, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Sh. Alok Kumar, IAS, Secretary to the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Professor Incharge, Incubation and Innovation, IIT Kanpur, and Dr Nikhil Agarwal, CEO, SIIC IIT Kanpur. Through the workshop, SIIC, IIT Kanpur will provide pragmatic inputs on addressing global challenges through new-age technology-led innovations.

The week-long workshops will target principals from ITIs and other senior officials of Department of Training and Employment from Uttar Pradesh. The participants will be exposed to the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world which now experiences amplified dynamism in the post-COVID era. The workshop sessions will be conducted by subject experts, including IIT professors who would directly train the ITI principals.

Commenting on the timely implementation of this initiative, Sh. Kapil Dev Aggarwal shared, “The initiative comes at an opportune moment when the education systems are transforming rapidly. We believe that this interdisciplinary program would lead to confidence building of ITI staff which will further strengthen the educational outcomes of students in these institutions.”

Sh. Alok Kumar congratulated the team for the initiative and envisioned a stronger association with IIT Kanpur for similar future endeavors. He added, “In an increasingly digital world, we are striving to improve efficiency of our education system. With this initiative, we aim to bring novel opportunities to the esteemed principals of ITIs that can bring value-addition to their efforts.”

The direct outcome of the workshop will be skill enhancement of the ITIs which would further increase the employability of students at ITIs as well as enhance knowledge sharing and collaboration between ITIs and IIT Kanpur, an amalgamation of research and technical skills which would improve the innovation outcomes for all the stakeholders involved. Prof. Abhay Karandikar said, “Education and Training are strengths of educational institutes like IIT and we would feel honored to assist in capability building of ITIs and envisioned to scale the process in the future.”

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