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SAMARTH Centres:

The Minister of State for Heavy Industries informed the Lok Sabha about SAMARTH Centres

  • The Smart Advanced Manufacturing and Rapid Transformation Hub (SAMARTH) centres are set up under the Scheme for “Enhancement of Competitiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector.
  • These centres have been providing assistance to the MSMEs to train the workforce and make them aware of Industry 4.0 technologies in the following ways:
    • Organizing Seminars/ Workshops and knowledge-sharing events on Industry 4.0;
    • Training industries to create awareness about Industry 4.0;
    • Providing consultancy (in areas such as IOT Hardware, Software development, and data analytics) and incubation support to start-ups including MSMEs.
  • It has been launched by the Ministry of Heavy Industries to address technological obsolescence and limited access to quality industrial infrastructure and common facilities.
  • In order to address the skill gaps and infrastructure development and technology needs for the Capital Goods Sector, Phase I of the Capital Goods scheme was rolled out in November 2014.
  • Phase I of the scheme fostered partnerships between Academia and Industry for engendering technology development with Government support.
  • The objective of Phase II is to expand and enlarge the impact created by the Phase I pilot scheme, thereby providing greater impetus through the creation of a strong and globally competitive capital goods sector that contributes at least 25% to the manufacturing sector.