MARG Limited, one among India’s leading Infrastructure companies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Central Institute of Technology, Australia to offer various vocational courses in India by setting up a centre at MARG Swarnabhoomi. The MoU was signed in the presence of Neil Fernandes, Managing Director, Central Institute of Technology & AP Ganessh Ram, CEO – MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services. The other officials present were Dr.Kiran Sandhu – International project officer and Jamie Mackaway – GM – Strategy & development of Central Institute of Technology.
Central Institute of Technology and MARG Limited have reached agreement to promote the association in phased manner for a collaborative training model. Initially, CIT and MARG will offer vocational courses in the area of Music business, Architectural Technology & Building, Civil, Structural Engineering & Drafting, Furniture and Industry & Interior Design. Vocational courses in Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Drafting, Mining and Interactive Multimedia will be added in the second phase of operations.
Speaking on the occasion, GRK Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Groupsaid “The MoU with Central Institute of Technology (CIT) is a proud moment for us. The education city within MARG Swarnabhoomi (EduCity) will soon house leading International education brands from Australia, Singapore, UK, Middle East, US & Malaysia. The partnership with CIT is aimed at addressing the growing demand for quality vocational education in India. The current scenario calls upon highly specialized & globally competitive talent to meet our industrial needs and MARG Swarnabhoomi is advantageously placed for training courses like these as it is a live lab that uniquely combines academia and industrial eco-system with serene lifestyle and living”.
MARG will earmark necessary infrastructure (fully fitted incubation space) upto 1,00,000 Sq.ft. at Amrita Park in MARG Swarnabhoomi for the delivery of selected courses. Both CIT and MARG recognise the value of co-operation in the field of vocational education and training in India and aim to Build the capacity of the Indian vocational education and training sector to support the development of a highly skilled workforce required for the economic development of India.
While signing the MoU, Neil Fernandes, Managing Director, Central Institute of Technology said “We are excited to partner with MARG Swarnabhoomi in creating a unique platform for providing knowledge and instilling self-confidence among tomorrow’s youth. The serene environment at MARG Swarnabhoomi & their excellent infrastructure support coupled with our expertise in offering high quality vocational courses will set standards in academic proficiency along with vocational and entrepreneurial skill development.”
MARG and CIT propose to work together to customise the courses based on the requirement of the Indian Vocational Education market and undertake the phased approach to assess the efficiency and effectiveness. MARG will identify and nominate the trainers who have industry qualifications aligned with the identified courses and CIT will train the trainers nominated by MARG for the identified courses to deliver the courses to students. CIT will also provide the course materials and pedagogy for the selected courses and also assist in assessing the students during and at the end of the course period.
AP Ganessh Ram, CEO – MARG Swarnabhoomi and Education Services said, “India, as a young country with 55% of its population below 30 years of age, requires very good employment opportunities. If India could impart good vocational education to its young population, it will succeed in preparing the youth as a formidable work-force of international quality. In the manufacturing and services sector there are hundreds of skills and vocations for which there is a worldwide shortage. India, even after 65 years of Independence, has not created good vocational training institutions. MARG’s and CIT’s association is aimed at bridging the gap.”
Both CIT and MARG will jointly host industry workshops and seminars on international vocational education developments. Seminars and workshops will be held on a needs basis either in India or Western Australia for the purpose of facilitating the mutual understanding between the training institutions and improving the capability of Indian training institutions. It will also develop and promote programs that are based on the Australian Qualification Training Framework, including quality assurance standards, Training Packages and assessment frameworks, customised to India’s skill development requirements.
MARG’s education initiatives are aimed at MARG Swarnabhoomi emerging as an education cluster for a New Economy. MARG has an educational focus aimed at meeting the growing global demand for skilled workforce by empowering young individuals with the necessary skill sets to bridge the socio-economic divide. These initiatives under a trust titled ‘Swarnabhoomi Academy of Institutions (SAI)’ will provide a platform for world class education with International faculty, shaping young minds and creating knowledge based society. SAI includes the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), MARG Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi (MIDAS) and MARG Navajyothi Vidyalaya (affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education).
Education is the fundamental building block of MARG Swarnabhoomi’s ecosystem. For this purpose, infrastructure and association are being created to cater right from elementary to higher education. And the educational institutes collaborating from India and abroad will transform MARG Swarnabhoomi as the intellectual capital with thriving high-quality human resource.