AICTE launches courses in Semiconductor

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India wants to curb its dependency on Taiwan and China for the import of microchips and create a strong skilled workforce

To make India a Semiconductor valley, AICTE has launched two new courses – diploma in integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing and BTech or BE (electronics) in VLSI design and technology. Currently, India does not have enough expertise and factories to produce the microchips needed for the manufacturing of television, laptop, cell phones etc. Most of the chip requirement is fulfilled from Taiwan and China which are the world’s leading hubs of the semiconductor industry. Through these courses, the government aims at making India self-reliant in creating microchips.

“AICTE has introduced courses in Semiconductor such as VLSI Designing, IC Integrated Chip Designing, Semiconductor Management, Silicon Chemical Extraction among others to produce skilled professionals who can contribute to the manufacturing and designing of microchips. These courses will create an immediate workforce in the country who will be able to contribute to the semiconductor industry,” says Buddha Chandrashekhar, chief coordinating officer, AICTE.

The move is going to generate more than 20 lakh job opportunities in the country in addition to booming the economy by providing many indirect opportunities.

The course will be introduced in Engineering colleges where the students from the core Engineering branches can opt for a minor subject in semiconductors, says Chandrashekhar. Besides engineering students, working professionals who wish to upgrade their skills to work in the semiconductor industry can also enrol in these courses.

In most technical institutes, some courses on semiconductor were initially covered in conventional programmes such as BTech-Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering etc. For the first time, IIT Roorkee is offering a full programme with appropriate rigour in the domain of IC manufacturing and VLSI Design. Most of the Tier-I and II Institute have these courses in UG.

“There is a genuine demand for accelerated growth in the domain of semiconductors both in the fabrication and well as design. However, these require skilled manpower who can handle complicated processes in the semiconductor fabrication area. This requires a dedicated course structure in IC manufacturing. This prompted the government to come up with an idea for a diploma on Manufacturing in IC,” explains Sudeb Dasgupta, professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, IIT Roorkee.

“The course will provide a variety of employment roles featuring outstanding salary incentives for Indian students in global as well as Indian companies,” adds Dasgupta. “The salary packages to the students of these branch is quite respectable. The scope is in private industry as well as government sector design houses and fabrication units.”

At Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University, the institute has started the programme BTech Electronics Engineering (VLSI Design and Technology) in the academic year 2022-23 which covers various courses to create the skilled and trained manpower to cater to the demand of the semiconductor industry. The programme includes various courses to meet the demands of semiconductor industry such as IC Design Technology, Semiconductor Devices, Digital Integrated Circuit Design, Digital Design using VHDL and Verilog, Analog CMOS Design, VLSI Physical Design, VLSI Signal Processing, System on Chip Design, ASIC Design Verification, MEMS and Microsystems, Mixed Signal Design, RF Circuit Design, Design for Testability etc.

“After Covid-19 our country is now aggressively venturing into electronics manufacturing and production. India is good in semiconductor research but has a long way to go in the fabrication of ICs. Currently, semiconductor manufacturing is almost non-existential in India, thus, it has a huge scope to reduce imports. Various leading Industries such as IBM, and STMicroelectronics are ready to Invest on a very large magnitude in India to set up India’s first chip-making facility. Also, there are many leading industries like Cadence Design Systems, and Hitachi High-Technologies Corp to expand in this area. The government also has various plans to create chipmaking facilities, Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) etc. Looking at the demand and the opportunities this may be one of the highest paying jobs in times to come,” speculates Manoj Kumar Pandey, joint head, Amity School of Engineering & Technology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh.

Source: Education Times



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