New Delhi, India – Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) orchestrated a splendid ceremony to confer the ‘National Skills Awards for Eminence’ at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, coinciding with the Electronics Expo 2024. The event, graced by the esteemed presence of Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution & Textiles, witnessed the recognition of outstanding achievers in different categories.
The objective of the awards is to recognize outstanding contributions across various categories, honouring organizations and individuals for their exceptional efforts in furthering skill development and promoting excellence in India’s electronics sector. The awards ceremony aimed to highlight and celebrate key stakeholders driving innovation and nurturing skills in the industry.
The Skilling Initiative of the Year award was conferred upon LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd. The Education Initiative of the Year award was presented to SRM Institute of Science & Technology. Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd. was honoured with the CSR Initiative of the Year award. SFO Technologies Pvt Ltd. received the Business Eminence Award of the Year. The Emerging Global Organization of the Year award went to CP Plus. National Centre for Flexible Electronics, IIT Kanpur won the Incubation & Startup Initiative of the Year award. The Woman CSR Leader of the Year award was given to Aradhana Rai Gupta from Havells India Ltd. The accolade was conferred by Wilfredo Gonzales Vidal, Deputy Minister of Communications, Cuba.
Padma Bhushan Dr Ajai Chowdhry, Founder HCL & Chairman EPIC foundation was honored with the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contribution to India’s electronics industry over the past four decades. This recognition serves as a testament to the remarkable contributions he has made for the growth of ESDM sector.
The eminent winners were chosen for their phenomenal contributions to furthering skill development, education, corporate social responsibility, business excellence, global impact and nurturing startups within electronics.
Mr Amit Manwani, Chairman ESSCI said: “A skilled workforce is the most critical asset for the electronics industry as we step into an era of rapid technological disruptions. Building a vast talent pool through training, upskilling and nurturing skills is crucial for India’s electronics sector to innovate, expand globally and realize its full potential. At ESSCI, our diverse skilling initiatives aim to create a culture of excellence by empowering individuals and organizations with industry-relevant skills to succeed.”
Sandeep Narula, Chairman ESC said: “The electronics industry is a major economic growth driver for India and to reap the benefits of the ‘Make in India’ initiative and for indigenous manufacturing to flourish, a robust skill development strategy is crucial. Investing in creating an electronics skills ecosystem through industry collaborations, vocational training, and apprenticeships will build a future-ready workforce. This will drive innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness while opening doors for youth employment as the industry scales up across domains like communication systems, consumer electronics, strategic electronics, and medical electronics.” Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Executive Director, ESC was also present in the event to felicitate the winners.
“For India’s electronics sector to achieve its full potential, a skilled workforce is imperative. ESSCI is proud to play a key role in helping develop industry-ready talent through our diverse skilling initiatives. We aim to build a vast pool of skilled professionals who can take the electronics industry into the future through their expertise. Upskilling existing talent and nurturing new skilled workers will be vital for the sector’s growth and to capitalize on the opportunities of a digitally transforming world. ESSCI remains dedicated to enabling a culture of learning and excellence across electronics, empowering both individuals and organizations.” said Dr Abhilasha Gaur, COO, ESSCI.
ESSCI extends hearty congratulations to the deserving winners and remains committed to promoting skills and innovation in electronics. ESSCI also set up a stall at the expo to showcase skill initiatives bridging industry skill gaps. The stall highlighted the importance of hiring certified talent to attract and retain professionals. It addressed skill mismatches in recruitments regarding locations, roles and compensation expectations.