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By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The Minister of State for Heavy Industries has recently informed the Lok Sabha about SAMARTH Centres.

About SAMARTH Centres

  • SAMARTH Centres are established under the Scheme for “Enhancement of Competitiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector.”
  • It provides assistance to MSMEs by training their workforce and in raising awareness about Industry 4.0 technologies.

Training Methods:

  • Organizing seminars, workshops, and knowledge-sharing events focused on Industry 4.0.
  • Providing training to industries to increase awareness about Industry 4.0.
  • Offering consultancy services in areas like IoT hardware, software development, and data analytics.
  • Providing incubation support to startups, including MSMEs.

·       Samarth Portal: A purpose-built platform for Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to deploy a digital framework of good governance.

·       Samarth Scheme: A demand-driven and placement-oriented umbrella skilling program of the Ministry of Textiles.


About the Enhancement of Competitiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector Scheme:

·       Launched by Ministry of Heavy Industries.

·       Its objective is to address technological obsolescence, limited access to quality industrial infrastructure, and common facilities.


Components of the Scheme:

·       Identification of technologies through Technology Innovation Portals.

·       Setting up four new Advanced Centres of Excellence and augmenting existing ones.

·       Promoting skilling in the Capital Goods Sector by creating qualification packages for skill levels 6 and above.

·       Establishing four Common Engineering Facility Centres (CEFCs) and augmenting existing ones.

·       Augmenting existing Testing and Certification Centres.

·       Establishing ten Industry Accelerators for Technology Development.

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