The Bhoomi puja for construction of HAL-IISc Skill Development Centre was performed at Challakere in Chitradurga district around 230 km from Bengaluru by Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL, Prof. Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc and others . “This will go a long way in recognising and honing skills and providing opportunities for youth at various levels in line with the Government’s Skill India initiative”, said Mr. Raju.
According to Prof Anurag Kumar, the goal is to create a model facility that would provide skill development programmes for various beneficiaries from local community to high-end engineering professionals. Construction of the HAL-IISc Skill Development Centre is expected to be completed in 24 months. Training activities are expected to begin by March 2019. Mr. V.M. Chamola, Director, HR, senior officials of HAL and senior faculty of IISc were present on the occasion.
The concept of a Skill Development Centre (SDC) has been in the pipeline for nearly eight years at IISc. The realization of this vision warranted working with active partners having common goals. HAL came forward to support the infrastructure for this Centre under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. HAL shouldering the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through various community development activities over the years. Major areas of CSR are Infrastructure Development, Health, Rural Sports, Women empowerment, Education, Skill Development, Drinking Water, Enriching the environment by Rejuvenation of River Kumudvathi, Establishment of Wind Power Project & Solar Power Projects in Schools etc.
Already many activities have been initiated at the new IISc Campus in Challakere taluk, Chitradurga district, on 1500 acres of land. This includes the construction of the boundary wall, peripheral road, the establishment of a climate research laboratory, solar power research field, and a Centre for bio-energy-based low-carbon technologies.