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12 lakh manpower needed for semiconductor industry: Committee report

India will need 12 lakh manpower in semiconductor-related industries by 2032, according to a report by the Semicon India Future Skills Talent Committee set up in August last year.

The committee was constituted to develop a roadmap for “India as a Semiconductor Talent Nation”, minister of state Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in a reply in the Lok Sabha. It had representatives from the semiconductor industry, academia and government.

The committee’s report also said that an additional 2,75,000 manpower will be required in the semiconductor chip design sector; 25,000 in semiconductor fabrication, and 29,000 in ATMP facilities, respectively, in the next decade, covering diplomas, undergraduates, masters and PhDs.

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Diverse disciplines such as VLSI Design and Technology, Material Science, Applied Physics, Chemical Science, Process and Industrial engineering will be part of the additional talent requirement, according to the report.

The government has taken an “ecosystem approach” and identified global standard talent development as a key requirement of this ecosystem, Chandrasekhar said. It has initiated a number of skilling and academic initiatives to develop the required capacities and capabilities in young Indians aiming for careers and opportunities in the electronics and semiconductor sector, he added.

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has formulated curricula for UG, diploma and minor degrees in the semiconductor domain in order to meet the industry’s talent requirements, the minister said. Further, the Semicon India Future Skills/Chip to Startup (C2S) programme will create 85,000 highly qualified global talent over 5 years.MoUs have also been signed between India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) and Purdue University, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and US-based semiconductor equipment manufacturer Lam Research for collaborations on R&D programmes and workforce training, respectively.

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