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30/10/2014 06:56pm

Govt to upgrade MSME tool rooms; 15 new tech centres to come up

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (KNN)  The Office of the Development Commissioner (MSME) is in the process of upgrading and expanding the network of tool rooms and technology development centres by upgrading the existing 18 technology centres (TCs) and establishing 15 new technology centres.

Technology Centre Systems Programme (TCSP), a World Bank funded project has an estimated cost of Rs 2200 crore with support in funds to the tune of USD 200 mn from the World Bank, said a press notification today.

The TCs are to be located in various parts of the country to cater to the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises through access to advanced manufacturing technologies; skilling manpower by offering opportunities for technical skill development to the youth at varying levels ranging from school dropouts to graduate engineers and; providing technical and business advisory support to MSME entrepreneurs.

Recent evaluation studies have reported success of TCs in serving MSMEs and therefore there is a strong need to replicate these at more locations across the country so that MSMEs in the remaining states can also benefit from such centres.

Accordingly, the Government of India has approved to upgrade and expand the network of MSME Technology Centres across India. Towards achieving this objective, Ministry of MSME, Government of India is in the process of establishing 15 Technology Centres (TCs) and upgrading / modernizing the existing TCs under the Technology Centre Systems Programme (TCSP).

TCSP has been conceptualized to create an innovative eco-system with four distinct components which will engage with each other to create value.  This involves the establishment of physical infrastructure which includes establishment of 15 New Technology Centres and upgrading/modernizing existing Technology Centres.

It also involves engaging the services of world class Technology Partner(s) (TPs) who will strengthen the technical capabilities of sector specific TCs and thereby help in supporting MSMEs better; and the services of reputed Cluster Network Manager(s) (CNMs) who will be mandated to establish linkages amongst key stakeholders including MSMEs, academia, large industry players (OEMs), applied research institutions and the Technology Centres in each cluster.

Further, a National Portal will be established for creating a vibrant, interactive and self-sustainable technology platform to meet various needs of MSMEs, such as information on policies of the Government,  business opportunities, skilled manpower, suppliers, customers, logistic partners, charted accountants, ERP and IT service providers, etc.

Significantly, State Governments have shown great enthusiasm towards TCSP.  Already 9 States have allotted around 165 acres of land free of cost and 9 more States are in the process of allotting land for this programme.

The Programme is at present in design phase. The implementation phase is expected to be spread over a period of 6 years.

In this context, the Ministry is looking for consultants with design and supervision of construction work as core business area, to provide design and construction management services for new and existing TCs.  (KNN/ES)

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