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India's pool of engineering talent shifts to smaller areas

Posted: 18 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semicon? EDA tools? VLSI designs? semicon tools? semicon devices?

India's pool of electronic design engineers is shifting from the country's tier I cities to tier II and III cities. One of the main drivers of this shift is the intense competition for engineering talent in the country's premium engineering institutions, such as the Indian Institutes of Technology, and in tier I cities.

Apart from IT services, the financial services/investment banking, automotive and instrumentation industries are competing with each other to attract fresh engineering talent, industry sources told EE Times-India at the recent VLSI Conference 2007 in Bangalore.

In support of this shift, private training institutes that offer VLSI design courses are opening up in smaller-sized locations such as Chandigarh, and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Also, an increasing number of engineering institutions in India's smaller cities are introducing or strengthening VLSI design programs in their curriculum. At the same time, cooperation programs between India's semiconductor industry and academic institutions have focused on smaller cities.

There is a growing perception in the industry that that there is no significant gap in technical talent among new engineering graduates from different locations in India, which could strengthen the momentum of the shift.

- Krishnan Sivaramakrishnan
??EE Times India

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