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TIFAC MSME Internship Scheme
Background: Over the years, in the course of implementation of MSME Cluster Program, it was felt that the interaction of technical institutes with the cluster industries remained rather limited and restricted to the level of faculty only (project/study investigators) with little or no involvement of students.  Though our Academia/technical institutes of India have vast pool of human resource in the form of students also, but these students are not sufficiently oriented towards reaching out to the MSME Sector.  With this in view, MSME Internship scheme was launched towards encouraging enhanced and continued involvement of students and faculty of technical institutions with industries and providing technical support to the otherwise technologically deficient MSMEs.

Objectives of the TIFAC – MSME Internship Scheme
  • Creation of a platform for establishing interaction between academia and MSME industries on a mutually win-win basis.
  • Establishing a platform for the MSME cluster industries to access  R&D and technical support   leveraging the knowledge base of faculty and knowledgeable human resource in the form of students from  of technical institutions.
  • Providing hands on engagement and practical experience to the students and faculty on existing technical challenges in the industry and nurturing an innovation ecosystem that benefits both the industry as well as the technical institution.
The scheme launched in the year 2014 -15, and since continued, with five Institutions namely:
-    Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
-    PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. Tamil Nadu
-    MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka
-    Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra
-    VIT, Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
Actions Undertaken:
TIFAC supports one hundred and fifty students (thirty (30) through each Institution) per year under the scheme.
  • Exposure of around One Hundred and Eighty (180) student internships from around the country have been facilitated to MSME industries.
  • Six (6) projects under Phase – II of the scheme for development of low cost and easily implementable solutions for the MSME industries have been supported through M.S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences (MSRUAS), Bangaluru. The projects supported are as follows:
-    Design and static analysis of special purpose packaging machine
-    Design, simulation and development of acquisition of MRI
-    Four layered printed circuit board for RF synthesizer
-    System engineering approach to design motion control system of multi axis bench top robot
-    Automation and control of special purpose packaging machine
-    Design, simulation and development of reconstruction of MRI
  • Three (3) projects are also being taken up through Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering (PCCoE) , Pune, as under:

-    Automation in Braided wire cutting & M I Rod Straightening & cutting methodology for thermocouple production unit  
-    Analysis of flow of hot gases over clutch plate of 16MnCr5, and design and development of pallet for enhanced heat transfer rate
-    Design and development of Hydraulic Rotational Jib Crane

  • Six (6) project proposals from VIT, Vellore and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore related to areas like automotive, mechanical, biotechnology, electronic sensor technology etc are also under consideration.
  • Towards scaling up of the program, implementation of the scheme through Rajiv Gandhi Commission for Science and Technology, Govt. of Maharashtra. Scheme is also continuing.
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