Trivandrum: The Directorate of Employment & Training, Government of Kerala, today announced a partnership for Digital Design Education in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in Kerala in collaboration with Autodesk, the American MNC that focuses on 2D & 3D design software for use in the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and entertainment industries. Autodesk will support this initiative by providing free software and training to about 1,600 teachers and 30,000 students across 540 ITIs across Kerala.
The MoU for this partnership was signed between K Biju IAS, Director, Employment & Training, GoK and George Abraham, Head of Education – Emerging Markets Worldwide, Autodesk Asia Pte, at a function held in Trivandrum today. This initiative is part of the modernisation process towards total makeover of the course and technological upgradation of ITIs in Kerala.
Giving details, George said, “Autodesk would provide free software worth Rs.15 crores to be used in ITI’s in Kerala. This includes 125 licenses for network installation for three years with continuous upgradation of the software, as and when they are released. The company would also provide educational versions of its software available free to students and the faculty also, through its Education Community portal. The APEX Autodesk Professional Excellence programmes offering software training, professional development, and accreditation to educators will also be implemented in ITIs under this partnership.” He also added that this is the first such MoU being signed by Autodesk with any State Government in the country.
In his address, Biju said, “This partnership will give a big impetus for skill development and faculty development programme in ITIs across Kerala. This will increase the availability of trained and skilled manpower while improving the employability factor. This is one step towards technological infusion in ITIs on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. As Autodesk is giving the software free, there is no financial burden on the Government”.
Autodesk is best known for AutoCAD and its broad range of software for design, engineering, and entertainment. The digital prototyping software, Autodesk Inventor and the Autodesk Product Design Suite; Revit software for Building Information Modelling and Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites, which include Maya, Softimage, 3ds Max, Mudbox and Smoke, are some of its popular products.
Ajay Bagepalli, Director Channel Sales, Autodesk India; Deepankar Bhattacharyya, Sr. Manager, Autodesk India; Anand Pillai, Programme Manager, Autodesk India; Senior Officials from the Directorate of Employment & Training and about 20 Principals from different ITIs were present on the occasion.
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