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Bosch Rexroth’s automation technology centre in Mysore

Germany’s 40 billion Euro Robert Bosch company has initiated steps to set up its Rs. 12 crore Bosch Rexroth (BR) Centre of Competence in Automation Technology in collaboration with Karnataka State’s leading technical university, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Mysore.

The foundation stone for the company’s third such centre -- after Singapore and Korea now in India -- was laid recently by BR-India Managing Director Wolfgang Wagener. BR is also establishing similar training centres in Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico and Indonesia in coordinatin with universities of those countries.

Construction work on the proposed centre has already begun. The state of the art centre is expected to start functioning by March-April.

The German company has developed a worldwide didactic system for education on the effective application and efficient use of machines and systems in the wide network area of manufacturing industry, more so in the automobile industry in India.

The Mysore VTU-BR centre of competence will have facilities to impart hands-on training and education in six vital areas -- industrial hydraulics, pneuamtics, programmable logic controllers, sesnorics, mechatronics and robotics.

Industrial automation technology that involves hydraulic and pneumatic drives find innumerable application in industries, right from aerospace to material handling equipment, and has become the critical technical training and education discipline in the world of vocational training.

“India is growing strongly. There is nothing new about it,” said Wolfgang Wagner, underscoring the pressure it will add on the trained manpower requirement. Realising this and keeping its own growth perspective in mind, his company had decided to set up the training centre in Mysore, he said.

It would be desirable for this centre to not only serve the training purposes of the VTU, but also help many other industries to maintain India’s pace of growth, he said.

BR Franchise Training Centre Manager Uwe Freyer said India’s requirement for trained manpower with highend competency is growing at a fast pace. Hence, BR had come forward to set up the training centre in Mysore.

VTU Vice-Chancellor K. Balaveera Reddy said the VTU-BR centre would be a topmost centre of competence having international standards. It will conduct post-graduate programmes in industrial automation and R&D activities, to begin with for 20-30 students in each of two batches going up to 50 batches in the 6,000 square metre built area.

The university had also proposed to set up its regional centre on the 8.5 acre land where the VTU-BR centre is coming up within about four months. The first phase will see an investment of Rs. 12 crore. The German partner’s share will be one-third and a similar support is expected from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. VTU e-learning Special Officer and VTU-BR Coordinator G.L. Shekar said India is the third largest car maker in Asia with six lakh vehicles transacted in 2000 and over 50 per cent more in 2005. The automobile industry has an investment of over US $ 10 billion.

Its turnover was $ 12.5 million approximately and employed five lakh people directlry and more than 10 lakh indirectlry. The industry is now inhabited by global majors, he said. Highlighting VTU achievements, Reddy said the centre would further support the growing VTU-industry interaction. Top multinationals had drawn MoUs with VTU. As many as 1,000 staff members had registered for research with VTU. For the first time, it will award 5-10 ph.ds. this year. ISRO had given two more satellite channels. The new e-data channel would help engineering colleges.

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