The Webel-Fujisoft-Vara Centre of Excellence (CoE) an initiative of the Government of West Bengal is aiming to create relevant skills and harness the full scope of the technologies of Industry 4.0.
It has been set up by the Department of IT& Electronics, through its nodal agency Webel, as well as the MSME Directorate, West Bengal. The project is being executed by Fujisoft Inc., Japan and Vara Technology, India. It is one of the only Centres of Excellence for four technologies of Industry 4.0, namely Data Science, Cybersecurity, Embedded Systems/ IoT, and Additive Manufacturing.
The CoE brings together students, academia, industry, technology providers, and start-ups under one roof. Besides training and skill development the CoE aims to provide Corporates, MSME Units and start-ups access to technology that can boost their productivity, and product quality as well foster innovation.
The Centre of Excellence has tied up with several global organisations and leading technology companies – both to provide the infrastructure, hardware and software as well as academic support and certification. Some of the companies in collaboration include Intel, nVidia, Boston Training Academy, Boston IT Solutions, Dassault Systemes, Stratasys, Trend Micro, Fortinet, IMI Israel, Think Cyber, Israel, to name a few, the authorities said.
The world is in the midst of a significant transformation. This transformation is called Industry 4.0 and it represents the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing. This fourth revolution will be epitomised by a range of new technologies that combine physical, digital and biological worlds. These new technologies will impact all disciplines, economies and industries. Therefore, organisations and the workforce need to upscale their competitiveness by adopting the technologies of Industry 4.0.
The Centre of Excellence has been set up as a triangulation of leading industry organisations, academia and technology providers to create relevant skills for Industry 4.0. It is India’s first technology platform that brings together the different technologies that define the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The objective of the Centre of Excellence is to impart high-quality education on emerging technologies to students, working professionals and new-age entrepreneurs to upscale their competitiveness and develop highly skilled industry-ready professionals and technopreneurs.
The CoE provides a complete ecosystem for developing talent. The programmes at the CoE go beyond theory with 70 per cent hands-on learning, giving the beneficiaries valuable real-world insights. The courses entail case studies, real-time projects as well as Capstone Projects, brought by the corporates.
The CoE offers specialised training to fresh graduates and working professionals, who want to learn new technologies to enhance their employability or reboot their skills to give a fresh start to their careers, either as employees or as entrepreneurs. It offers 70 per cent hands-on training, designed to build skills. The CoE courses are industry certified in order to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the market and enhancing employability. Training is offered in different formats, which include on-premises and online courses.
People who graduate from the Certificate Programmes also undergo sessions on problem-solving, decision making, negotiations skills, communication and presentation skills, understanding of finance and basics of project management as well as work ethics. The CoE has the infrastructure to support multiple technologies with the latest hardware, software, training modules, best in the class faculty members, Industry collaboration, hands-on training, and funding opportunities for startups to truly make it the Innovation hub of India.
The CoE can help organisations drive transformation, accelerate innovation and build talent and leadership in their business through Executive Education Programmes. In the current economic context, continuing education programmes are tailored specifically to deliver value for executives, managers, leaders and organisations. These are carefully curated programmes, delivered by experts, to create an impactful learning experience.
The CoE offers Open Programmes as well as Custom Programmes. Open programmes are a comprehensive range of programmes from basic to advanced level, these courses cater for executives at all stages of their careers. The courses equip learners with the mindset, skills, and capabilities to reach the next level in their career progression and drive results in their respective areas.
Custom Programmes are tailored to an organisation’s needs, objectives and specific challenges. The CoE works with the organisation to design learning solutions uniquely customised to their context and the organisation’s requirements in terms of the length, focus and content of the intervention.
The CoE also offers a Leadership Program. These are both Open and Customised Programmes for leaders in how to use technology as a source of competitive advantage. These programmes build a working knowledge of emerging technologies as well as how these can be deployed to add value across the range of functions in an organisation.