To strengthen the research and innovation ecosystem in Punjab, the State Government, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings, Ludhiana, and the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC) has joined hands.
The state’s Science, Technology and Environment Department had organised an interactive meeting with the Industrial Association members of CICU at Ludhiana, where Principal Secretary Rakesh Verma apprised the industrialists about the ‘Mission Innovate Punjab’ to promote research and innovation culture in the State.
Verma said that this Mission would be promoted in the state in partnership with universities and research institutions, industry, government departments and funding agencies. The industrialists were sensitized about the impact of innovations on the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
“Ludhiana, being one of the major hubs of manufacturing activities in the State, CICU members should be the key driver for industry led innovation and adopt advanced manufacturing technology,” he said.
Discussions were held regarding the need for industries to embrace “Industry 4.0” to become globally competitive, which will enhance productivity and efficiency, provide flexibility in manufacturing and enhanced customer experience for competing with other countries.
It was also highlighted that the present readiness of MSMEs for Industry 4.0 was a big challenge besides building capacity of MSMEs. The Government and CICU also agreed to identify institutes with requisite capacity to provide handholding of industry for Industry 4.0.
Verma also visited GNDEC which has expertise in the areas of environment, information technology, manufacturing and additive manufacturing and explored the possibility of upgrading their manufacturing lab as Centre of Excellence for Industry 4.0 in collaboration with industry to facilitate transition of MSMEs to Industry 4.0 and creating skilled manpower.