Monday, March 4, 2013

Technical Collaboration on Automation Technologies between Higher Education Department (Govt. Of Kerala) & Bosch Rexroth

Kochi, 4th March 2013: The Higher Education Department, Government of Kerala in
association with M/s Bosch Rexroth India, a 100% subsidiary company of Bosch Rexroth
AG, Germany is launching a technical collaboration on automation technologies. Bosch
Group is a global company with wide network of operations in Automotive, Industrial and
Consumer goods and building services sectors. It is a large multinational company, with a
turnover of 350,000 crores. Bosch Rexroth is one of the world’s leading specialists in the
field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth, the company
supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and
moving. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells
components and systems in more than 80 countries in the technology fields Electric Drives
and Controls, Industrial Hydraulics, Mobile Hydraulics , Linear Technology, Assembly
Technology and Pneumatics.

Government of Kerala, had showcased many projects in the Emerging Kerala Summit to
tackle the increasing unemployment among youth. This is one such initiative designed
to create a new strategic framework for skill development for early school leavers.
The scheme is targeted to make 300,000 students in the under graduate level skilled
with hands on experience with real work situations. Government of Kerala, through its
Emerging Kerala initiatives, has been able to attract some of world’s biggest corporate
groups to associate in the private sector-led skills training programme for graduates and
post-graduates in the state.

In joint venture with Government of Kerala, M/s. Bosch Rexroth shall set up Knowledge
Centres in automation technologies at sixteen educational institutions in the state. To
Start with, one centre of excellence at College of Engineering Trivandrum and one
centre of Skill development at Government Polytechnic, Kalamassery will be set up.
These Knowledge Centres will be either at the level of Centre for Excellence or Centre of
Competence, which will provide in depth knowledge on Automation technologies. Centres
of excellence will provide hands on training in Hydraulics, Pneumatics, PLC’s, Sensorics,
Motion logic controllers, CNC Control systems, Mechatronics and Robotics. In future
these Centres will be able to start PG programs and Research programs in Automation
Technologies, thereby increasing the employability of students undergoing training.
This collaboration has been designed as a Public Private Partnership Model. The total
expenditure in setting up one Centre of Excellence is estimated at Rs. 538 lakhs and that
of one Centre of Competence cum skill development centre will be around Rs. 439 lakhs.

A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the Government of Kerala
and M/s Bosch at a function held at Symphony hall, Mascot Hotel at 7.30 pm on 5th

March 2013. Hon Minister for Industries and Hon Minister for Education along with
many dignitaries will be present on the occasion. Dr K M Abraham IAS, Additional Chief
Secretary (Higher Education), will be signing the Memorandum of Understanding for
Government of Kerala and Mr Peter Garcia, Director, Drive Control Academy Germany will
be signing on behalf of Bosch.

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