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MediaTek's smartphone design program to grow India talent

Expected to start later this year, the program will offer hands-on training to managers and senior engineers from India on planning and execution of handset design projects

Taiwan chipmaker MediaTek, whose products are found in a lot of India-designed smartphones, has launched a smartphone design-training initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) and Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to grow talent for India's handset industry.

MediaTek will share its smartphone design expertise, and leverage its well-established global ecosystem to support the program. The initiative will propel the 'Make in India' initiative, the Taiwan-based company in a statement said.

The 75-day program which is expected to start later this year will offer hands-on training to managers and senior engineers from India on planning and execution of handset design projects.

The initiative is in line with the government's aim to drastically cut reliance on handset imports, which is part of prime minister Narendra Modi's ambitious 'Make in India' program.

In 2015, India manufactured 100 million mobile handsets, and the segment is estimated to become a Rs 940 billion industry by 2016-17.

"We have observed that hardware design in the handset industry, especially integration of key components, is lacking in India so the idea of this program is to pick professionals working in the hardware domain and further train them in handset specific design to narrow the current gap in the local industry," MeitY secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.

This training program will help bring Taiwanese expertise in mobile phone system integration to India, creating a win-win situation for both markets and leveraging the strengths and synergies that exist within the industry in India," Shen Jong-Chin, Deputy Minister of MoEA, Taiwan.

"MediaTek, as a key partner to the country's growth story, is taking its commitment a step further to support domestic innovation and production," Ming-Kai Tsai, Chairman and CEO of MediaTek said.

The company opened its India office in Noida in 2004, and 10 years later in 2014, the company invested $350 million to expand its business and establish an R&D facility in Bengaluru.

MediaTek plans to triple its India workforce to 1,500 people over the next three years, a move aimed at cashing in on the talent pool in one of the world's fastest growing smartphone markets.

Based on stories in Economic Times, Financial Express

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