Karnataka VLSI Design

Karnataka launches 6 month Fully Funded VLSI Certification Programme

The comprehensive training provided by the program will expose participants to real-world project problems, ensuring they develop industry-ready skills.
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In a significant move to bolster the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector, Karnataka’s IT minister, Priyank Kharge, recently inaugurated the state’s pioneering VLSI (Very Large-Scale Integration) design certification programme at the Bengaluru Tech Summit.

Developed in collaboration with the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) and the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the initiative aims to enhance skilled talent in the field of VLSI design and verification.

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VLSI Certification Programme Overview:

The K-VLSI program provides an advanced certification in VLSI design and verification, crucial for Electronics Systems Design and Manufacturing.

SFAL partners with IIIT Bangalore’s Center of Excellence for Machine Intelligence to implement the program.

FutureWiz, the industry training partner, ensures students gain a strong understanding of VLSI design principles and practices through comprehensive training.

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VLSI Certification Programme :Selection and Funding

The program’s inaugural cohort consists of 60 students, meticulously chosen from a pool of 2,000 applicants. These students will undergo an intensive and fully funded six-month course, culminating in a valuable certification.

This strategic approach ensures that the participants are well-prepared and equipped with the necessary skills to contribute to the VLSI design sector from the very first day of their employment.

Significance for Karnataka’s ESDM Sector:

The ESDM sector in Karnataka has experienced substantial growth, with numerous semiconductor industries thriving in the state.

However, a pressing challenge for the industry has been the scarcity of skilled resources.

The K-VLSI program addresses this gap by cultivating a talent pool that is ‘First-Day-First-Hour’ ready for the VLSI design industry.

The comprehensive training provided by the program will expose participants to real-world project problems, ensuring they develop industry-ready skills.

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VLSI Certification Programme : Strategic Collaboration

The collaboration between governmental bodies, educational institutions, and industry partners is a noteworthy aspect of the K-VLSI program.

The involvement of KDEM, IESA, SFAL, IIIT Bangalore, and FutureWiz signifies a concerted effort to bridge the gap between academia and industry needs.

This collaborative approach ensures that the curriculum remains relevant and aligns with the dynamic requirements of the VLSI design sector.

Impact on Semiconductor Companies:

Minister Kharge highlighted that the program aims to attract semiconductor companies to establish operations in Karnataka.

By providing a skilled workforce, the state becomes an even more attractive destination for such companies.

This move is expected to further boost the semiconductor industry’s presence in Karnataka and contribute significantly to the state’s economic development.

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The K-VLSI program’s launch is a crucial step for Karnataka’s goal to become an Electronics System Design and Manufacturing hub.

This initiative tackles the skills gap in VLSI design, fostering growth in the local industry and making Karnataka an attractive choice for semiconductor companies.

The inaugural six-month cohort represents a potential model for future programs, emphasizing innovation and excellence in emerging technologies.

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