INDIA: Students gain 3-D printing skills
Don Bosco Institute of Technology hosts 19 students for 3-D printing training
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Institute of Technology, in Mumbai, India, recently hosted 19 students with one of their professors from the Gokhale Education Society’s Arts, Science and Commerce College, located in Maharashtra. The students, from tribes, were invited to participate in a five-day residential workshop on 3-D modeling and printing, which was sponsored by Technotalent Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.
Taught by professors and students from the mechanical department, the visiting students learned 3-D modeling software user interface, the fundamental methods and processes in 3-D printing technology, and how to use 3-D printing machines. Objects printed by 3-D are used in several fields like aeronautics, mechanical engineering, medical and biomedical applications, handicrafts, and jewelry making.
The students were impressed with the technology and worked seven hours each day learning how to create 3-D models. One professor said, “We got instant responses in terms of their understanding as well as their respect, which gave me great job satisfaction.”
At the end of the training, the students printed their own creations. Each student was awarded a certificate of participation, the 3-D printed key chain which was modeled by them and a small 3-D printed gift as a memento of the completion of the training.
Access to professional training and workforce development services is highly valued in India. The country, which is home to 1.34 billion people (18 percent of the world’s population), will have overtaken China as the world’s most populous country by 2024, according to the World Economic Forum. While India has the world’s largest youth population, it has yet to capitalize on this, leaving some 30 percent of this population without employment, education or training.
India has the world’s fourth largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
India’s youth face a lack of educational opportunities due to issues of caste, class and gender. Almost 44 percent of the workforce is illiterate and less than 10 percent of the working-age population has completed a secondary education. In addition, many secondary school graduates do not have the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s changing job market.
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