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PG Diploma Courses

Embedded Systems / VLSI Design / Electronic Design and Automation

Embedded systems are computers (microprocessors) that are enclosed (embedded) in customized hardware. Examples of embedded systems are portable medical equipment, cellular phones, or consumer electronics items. The global demand for semiconductors is expected to remain robust in 2006 due to an increase in demand for consumer electronics. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the worldwide semiconductor sales set a new record of 227.5 billion in 2005. This rapid growth has opened a range of career opportunities in the embedded design industry.

There are over 130 chip design firms present in India—the vast pool of talent and growing domestic market has helped the country emerge as an important centre for chip design. Last year, the industry witnessed major investments in the country in R&D, an indicator of India’s potential with respect to the talent available. A country traditionally acknowledged for its software development capabilities is now exhibiting its competency in the chip design industry. This booming semiconductor industry promises 3.5 million jobs by 2015, according to a report by the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) and global consulting company Frost & Sullivan.

Indian engineers have carved a niche for themselves by making significant contributions to the development of cutting-edge technology. India, with capabilities in very large scale integration (VLSI) design and software development, has potentially captured a larger share of the market by focusing on these markets. It is no wonder that almost all of the top 10 semiconductor vendors have established design centers in India. This has also contributed to the growth of the electronic design automation (EDA) industry in India. Leading Indian IT companies are also setting up product engineering and design services, partnering with global chip majors. Today?s engineers, therefore, have immense opportunities in hardware and embedded design, developing integrated circuits (ICs); field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and systems-on-chips (SoCs), apart from typical software development opportunities.

Embedded systems market, which is one of the key drivers of Indian R&D offshoring and is currently pegged at around US$ 25 billion globally, growing at a 16% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).A NASSCOM-Mckinsey study states that the domestic embedded systems market for India is gearedto generate U.S. $9.5 billion and exports worth U.S. $ 10 billion by the year 2008. This being a niche field, companies are increasingly looking for professionals with hands-on experience in digital application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, physical design, mixed signal IC design, verilog, VHDL or VHSIC, VLSI design, circuit design and simulations, micro-controllers, digital PCB design and routing. Expansion plans of various MNCs and recent efforts by NASSCOM to play up India?s product development skills suggest that embedded software would be India?s next sunrise sector. However the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) estimates that engineering colleges are meeting only 20 per cent of the industry demand for chip design engineers. Organisations spend a year and a half shaping young graduates even as the courses in our educational institutions are outdated. Both industry and academia would benefit if institutes introduce a competent courseware and the industry gets involved in imparting professional training in institutes.

NIELIT CENTRE, CALICUT

Since the market demand for embedded system designers has become very high and is expected to grow further,NIELIT CENTRE Calicut initiated action for starting an M.Tech. Course (affiliated to Calicut University) in Embedded Systems. M.Tech program in Embedded Systems was started from July 2005-06 with an intake of 18 students of whom 5 are sponsored candidates. The course has received good response and is currently going on in full swing. The duration of the course is 24 months (4 semesters) and the semester fee per candidate is Rs.30,000. The 2nd batch of admission is over this year and the classes have already started from 02.08.06.
Apart from the long term course following short term courses on embedded system and VLSI are being conducted by the centre.

Sl No. Name of the course Batch Size Duration Course Fees

1.

ED:500:PG Diploma in Embedded System Design

30

6 months

Rs. 46,000

2.

ED:505:Embedded  S/w & RT Linux Course

30

3 weeks

Rs. 6000

3.

ED508:Embedded Product Design Course

30

2 weeks

Rs. 4000

4.

PG Diploma in VLSI Design

30

6 months

RS. 30,000

NIELIT CENTRE, IMPHAL

A VLSI and Embedded System Lab has been set up at this Centre ( Imphal ) as a project under DIT, MCIT.
Courses Offered: A two-month Certificate course in VLSI Design has been launched from July 2006.The contents of this course are-

1.  MOS transistor, MOS Inverter, CMOS Circuits and logic circuits, CMOS chip Design options,

2.  MOS Processing  Technology, VLSI packaging

3.  Digital logic components and circuits

4.  Programmable logic, programmable gate arrays, PAL, PLA, CPLD, FPGA

5.  CAD Tools

6.  HDL, VHDL

Plans for upgradation: Software tools  such as assemblers, compilers and IDEs and trainers boards for microcontrollers  such as 8051 and PIC family are being added to the Lab. Courses on Embedded Systems will be introduced shortly.
NIELIT CENTRE, SRINAGAR/JAMMU

1.  The Centre ( SRINAGAR/JAMMU ) offers Short-Term courses titled

  • Designing with 8051

  • Designing with AVR Micro-controller

Future Plans:

To offer 3 months/6 months training program on embedded system for which 3 faculty members have been currently deputed to undergo modular training program on Embedded System at NIELIT CENTRE ,Calicut.

NIELIT CENTRE, AURANGABAD

C-DAC and NIELIT CENTRE,Aurangabad have executed a MoU on 29thJune,2006 to collaborate/work in the common areas of interest  like e-learning and embedded systems etc. The Centre proposes to conduct the Course “Diploma in Embedded System Design (DESD)” w.e.f 25th Sept,2006 at NIELIT CENTRE, Aurangbad. C-DAC will provide its academic and technical support like syllabus preparation, laboratory component identification, faculty orientation program etc.The Centre conducts the following short term courses on VLSI Design .

Sl No. Name of the course Duration Course Fees

1.

A VHDL for Digital Designers

1 week

Rs. 2500

2.

A Circuit Simulation, foundations for Analog Chip Design Course

1 week

Rs. 4000

3.

Certificate Course in VLSI Design

6 months

Rs. 30,000

4.

An Electronics Product Development using FPGA/CPLD & Data Converters Course

12 weeks

RS. 15,000

5.

Board Design, Analysis and layout Course

4 weeks

RS. 8000

6.

VLSI Backend (Physical Design)

4 weeks

RS. 8000

7.

Diploma in Embedded System Design

16 weeks

RS. 20,000

NIELIT CENTRE, GORAKHPUR

1. The Centre ( Gorakhpur ) is organizing following training programme in the field of Embedded  System.

            a. 6 months Advance Diploma in Embedded System

            b. 1 month Summer Training in Embedded System

            c. 1 week to 4 week short term training in Embedded System

One month Summer Training on Embedded System has been     conducted during June/July/August and 102 Candidates has been trained.

Six months Advance Diploma in Embedded System has been advertised going to commence shortly.

2. The Centre is organizing following training programme in VLSI/EDA Tools. Interaction with various Engineering Colleges is under process.

             a. One week Winter School on “VHDL Programming & Synthesis” for Engineering College students scheduled from 9th
                 October 2006 to 13th October 2006.

            b. One week Faculty Training Programme on “VHDL Programming & Synthesis” for Engineering College faculties
                scheduled from 16th October 2006 to 20th October 2006.

            c. Six month Advance Diploma in VLSI Design” scheduled from November 2006.

PG Diploma Courses (ASIC Design & Verification, Embedded System & Design, VLSI & Embedded Hardware) (to be launched)    
Under the National IT skill development policy of the Government of India, it has become important for NIELIT to strengthen hardware training activities and start new courses in the niche areas. VLSI is one of the major growing areas where there is a lot of job opportunities and chances of making entrepreneurship initiatives. The strengths and capacities of NIELIT Centres and Engineering Colleges will be utilised for running these courses. 

For more information contact Nodal Centre: NIELIT Centre, Calicut    

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