Srinagar: A week-long awareness program on sensitizing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on design and innovation concluded on Tuesday at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar.
The awareness program was organized by Innovation, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship Development (IIED) Centre and is sponsored by the Ministry of MSME, New Delhi. The program was held at different Industrial Clusters in Kashmir that include Khonmoh Industrial Estate, Lassipora Industrial Estate Pulwama and Sopore Industrial Estate.
Velladurai Jt., Director MSME, J&K is the chairman, Dr Saad Parvez Head, IIEDC and Saheel Alaqband Assistant Director MSME, Srinagar are the convenor of the program.
Dr Dinesh Kumar Rajendran, Assistant Professor Mechanical is the Nodal Officer for MSME Design & IPR Scheme and Dr Noor Zaman Khan is the coordinator of the event.
On the occasion, Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. Rakesh Sehgal said micro-level industries are major sources of employment, particularly in developing countries where large-scale industries are limited. “There is a need for such industries in the region and NIT Srinagar is committed to use its resources for the benefit of the general public,” he said.
Prof. Sehgal said that MSME’s provide job opportunities for people with limited education and training besides helping to reduce unemployment and poverty.
Institute’s Registrar, Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari said that end-use of education is to give back to society in the form of solutions to various problems.
Head IIEDC and Convenor of the Program, Prof. Saad Parvez said IIED Centre is strongly focused on development of valley by collaborating with MSMEs since 2017 with various design and incubation schemes. “Through innovation and use of technology, we can bridge the gap between industry and academia for the prosperous growth of the nation,” he said.
Saheel Alaqband, Assistant Director MSME explained to the industrialist about various schemes available in the Ministry of MSME, the funding mechanism and the support extended by ministry for various sectors in Kashmir.
On the occasion, Dr Sheikh Shahid Saleem introduced the industrialists about the various aspects of design. He highlighted industrialists about better design that can improve the productivity and profit of the company.
On the occasion, Dr (Prof.) Noor Zaman Khan highlighted the importance of five (5) axis CNC machines and Wire EDM machines. “Such machines are highly needed by all the industries since the valley does not hold any facility for precision machining and cutting,” he said.
Dr Dinesh Kumar Rajendran said they have successfully completed weeklong awareness programs for MSMEs in Kashmir on Design and Innovation.