Industry body offers land for incubation centre for startups
Following the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture’s (CMIA) plan to set up an incubation centre for start-ups, the MIDC has extended support with an offer to make land available for the project.
The CMIA project aims to provide budding entrepreneurs with tools that are generally very expensive and to boost domestic manufacturing of electronics in the city. MIDC deputy chief executive officer Anand Raite said the government would extend all support to the project.
Raite was speaking at the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) meet organised by CMIA at Marathwada Auto Cluster, Waluj, on Sunday.
“CMIA has proposed to set up the incubation centre in Waluj industrial area with an aim to nurture start-up entrepreneurs. The centre would provide platform to budding entrepreneurs to implement innovative ideas and pilot projects,” said CMIA vice-president Ashish Garde.
He said, “The Centre would not only provide infrastructure, but also enable access to domain experts, mentors, shared consultants and services. It will help tap the potential from the student community and start up entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurial thinking, creating business leaders in all spheres of life.”
Ashok Chandak, past President India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, meanwhile spoke about the electronics policy for ESDM sector growth. “Aurangabad is a favourable destination to set up Brown field electronics cluster,” he said.
“Basically, CMIA’s objective is to provide support structure to ESDM sector in this region with world class design, manufacturing, testing and training in the field of electronics so that local ESDM fraternity will be capable of innovation, product development and manufacturing of electronic products as per Central Government’s ‘Make In India’ plan,” said CMIA president Munish Sharma.
“Corporate sector is invited to join, invest and strengthen ecosystem of electronics in this region from skill development in academics, supply chain, strengthening in SME manufacturing network to attracting global Electronics MNC’s to Aurangabad,” said Suresh Todkar, convenor of ESDM meet.
Vice-chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU), B A Chopde, said that the varsity would also extend all support to the Brown Field Cluster, which in turn would foster academic growth. He also called for more industry-academia interaction.
CMIA has urged successful industry houses of Aurangabad in different sectors like auto to expand their horizons in fastest growing electronic sector and appealed to academics to work jointly with the cluster to create world class innovations at institute level.