91 engineers trained at MediaTek Smartphone Design Training

MediaTek successfully concluded its second Smartphone Design Training Program (SDTP) by training 91 engineers from India.

The 9-week-long training program has been created in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Indian Cellular Association (ICA) to propel ‘Make in India’ initiative.

A total of 91 shortlisted candidates participated in the India section of the program from well-known smartphone brands like Lava, Micromax, Karbonn, Intex, Panasonic, Reliance, Samsung, Videocon, Smartron etc. Of these, 39 people were shortlisted and went to Taiwan for higher training.

The annual program, conducted in collaboration with MeitY, is primarily aimed at accelerating the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skilling India’ initiatives of Government of India.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY said, “The MediaTek Smartphone Design Training Program exemplified the role companies can play in furthering the Indian government’s initiatives such as Make in India and Skilling India. Our program is focused on closing the gap for demand of smartphone design talent in the market. With such efforts, both Indian and global handset makers in India won’t have to look anywhere else for design capabilities.”

Grant Kuo, Managing Director, MediaTek, India said, “The Indian engineers’ enthusiasm, eagerness and willingness to participate in the second smartphone design training program. Congratulating them for having completed the certification course, Grant Kuo wished them well and hoped their contributions to the Indian smartphone design industry will only help grow India’s technology economic center. He also acknowledged MediaTek’s partners; all 19 handset component makers who helped train and share their vast knowledge to participants.

MediaTek collaborated with the smartphone global ecosystem to provide an unprecedented opportunity, where 19 key component companies came together to share knowledge of their specialized domains. These partners included AAC, Airoha, Anritsu, Goodix, Ilitek, Keysight, Knowles, Liteon, Litepoint, Murata, MXIC, Nanya, Primax, R&S, Richtek, Voltafield, Sporton, TXC and Unimicron.

Encouraged by the Smartphone Design Training Program’s popularity in its first year, MediaTek introduced three new specialized training modules in 2018 for RF Design, multimedia, and system mobile, respectively. Further, the company divided the second-year program into two parts for added convenience and schedule flexibility: week-day lecture sessions held in India for six weeks; thereafter, participants travelled to Taiwan for three weeks of hands-on and library intense training.