ANI Photo | Assam will soon have a Rs 25,000 crore semiconductor packaging plant

Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, announced on February 15 that Assam would soon witness the establishment of its first-ever semiconductor packaging plant, valued at nearly Rs 25,000 crore.

Chandrasekhar announced this during his address at the inaugural Digital India futureSKILLS Summit, held at the Birinchi Kumar Baruah Auditorium, Gauhati University.

“It is due to the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma that a semiconductor packaging plant will be established in collaboration with the Assam Government and the TATA Group. We are obtaining all necessary approvals and will submit them to the cabinet for final approval. With this initiative, young Indians aspiring to enter the semiconductor industry won’t have to leave their state or travel to other cities anymore,” said the Union Minister.

Chandrasekhar highlighted India’s economic progress over the past decade, from being termed as the ‘fragile 5’ to now being recognized as one of the world’s ‘top 5’ economies, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He stressed the importance of skilling in areas such as AI, cybersecurity, and semiconductors, stating that major companies like NVIDIA, Intel, AMD, HCL, Wipro, and IBM are present in Guwahati to convey the vast job opportunities available, provided individuals equip themselves with the necessary skills.

The Minister outlined India’s strategy to shape the future of technology through initiatives like futureSKILLS, futureDESIGN, futureLABS, and futureSKILLS. He emphasized that India is becoming a significant player in emerging technologies globally.

The Digital India future SKILLS Summit, hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) through the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT), aimed to bring together dignitaries, industry leaders, policymakers, academia, and technology enthusiasts to discuss strategies for developing future-ready talent for India and the world.

Assam Education Minister Dr. Ranoj Pegu mentioned that the state government has undertaken several initiatives, including projects worth Rs. 1800 crore, to skill youths in Industry 4.0 across 77 polytechnics and ITIs. He highlighted an agreement with TATA for establishing a semiconductor industry near Guwahati.

Key speakers at the summit included representatives from MeitY, AMD India, Siemens EDA, Kyndryl India, Gnani.AI, and IIT Bombay, who emphasized India’s potential in areas like AI and semiconductors.

The summit facilitated strategic collaborations between NIELIT and industry players such as Intel, HCL, Microsoft, Kyndryl, IIM Raipur, IIITM Gwalior, and Wipro, aiming to bridge the gap between academia and industry standards.

Overall, the event underscored the importance of empowering Assam’s youth and the region with digital skills, paving the way for India’s future in the global tech landscape.

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