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SOURCE: TNN

France’s Dassault Systemes is planning to set up a centre of excellence (CoE) in Gujarat which is aimed at providing high end training to engineers.The proposed centre will come up at Gujarat Technological University (GTU) campus. The proposal was discussed at the GTU board of governors meeting on Tuesday.

“We have received preliminary proposal and have given an in-principle approval for the same. After a meeting with the company officials, the investment size and other details will be explored,” said Navin Sheth, vice-chancellor, GTU. He said that the Gujarat centre would be Dassault Systemes’ third such venture in the country after setting up CoEs in Hyderabad and Bangalore. The proposed CoE is expected to come up either at GTU’s existing campus in Chandkheda or their new university campus at Lekawada near Gandhinagar that is being built in a sprawling 200 acres area, sources said.While the land for the CoE will be provided by GTU, the university will not provide any financial assistance. About 90% of the investment will be made by Dassault, 10% investment will be made by Skill Corporation of India, sources added.

The CoE is aimed to strengthen technical education infrastructure to promote industry relevant skill development which will act like a catalyst in inclusive and sustainable industrial development and employment generation for the youth. It will cater to aircraft engineering, space engineering, ship building and automobile engineering. There is an acute shortage of skilled engineers and professionals in the aerospace and defence sectors and the CoE aims to act as a catalyst of growth by making world-class skilled professionals, according to a GTU official. Last month, defence minister Rajnath Singh received the Indian Air Force’s first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 such aircraft purchased from France.