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    2024 Insights: Dr. Abhilasha Gaur on Skilling’s Impact in the Electronics Industry

    In an exclusive interview, Dr Abhilasha Gaur, COO of the Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI), sheds light on how skilling processes will profoundly influence the electronics industry in 2024 and-edge innovations. As the electronics sector evolves, investing in education and training becomes paramount, with a focus on fostering a workforce equipped to drive and adapt to transformative trends. 

    Q1. In your opinion what are the technology trends that you anticipate will shape the electronics sector in 2024 and beyond?

    Answer:  The electronics sector is constantly evolving, with new technologies emerging and existing ones being refined all the time. Here are some of the technology trends that I anticipate will shape the electronics sector in 2024 and beyond:

    5G and beyond:

    The deployment and widespread adoption of 5G networks can significantly impact the electronics sector. This includes the development of 5G-compatible devices, IoT applications, and advancements in connectivity infrastructure.

    Internet of Things (IoT):

    The IoT landscape is likely to expand, with more devices becoming connected and integrated. This could lead to increased demand for IoT-enabled electronics across various industries, including healthcare, agriculture, and smart cities.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML):

    Integration of AI and ML technologies into electronic products can enhance functionality and improve user experiences. This may include AI-powered smart devices, voice assistants, and autonomous systems.

    Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Sustainable Technologies:

    With a global push towards sustainability, the adoption of electric vehicles and other green technologies is expected to grow. This could impact the electronics sector, especially in the development of EV components and charging infrastructure.

    Advanced Manufacturing Technologies:

    The implementation of Industry 4.0 principles, such as automation, robotics, and digitalization, may continue to evolve. This can lead to more efficient and flexible manufacturing processes in the electronics industry.

    Flexible and Foldable Displays:

    Innovations in display technologies, such as flexible and foldable displays, can lead to new form factors for electronic devices, impacting the design and functionality of smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets.

    Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR):

    The integration of AR and VR technologies into electronic devices, such as smartphones and gaming consoles, could become more prevalent, offering immersive experiences and new possibilities for applications.

    Semiconductor Manufacturing:

    Advancements in semiconductor manufacturing processes, including smaller chip sizes and increased efficiency, could have a profound impact on the electronics sector, influencing the development of more powerful and energy-efficient devices.

    Q2. Can you describe the changes and evolution in the skill Landscape of the electronics industry over the past 10 years? What are some of the positive outcomes and any challenges or gaps that still exist?

    Answer:

    Shift Towards Advanced Technologies:

    The electronics industry has seen a shift towards more advanced technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and blockchain. Professionals in the industry are increasingly required to have skills in these emerging areas.

    Focus on Software Development:

    The importance of software in the electronics sector has grown. With the integration of smart features in devices, there is an increased demand for professionals skilled in software development, firmware programming, and software hardware integration.

    Increased Emphasis on Data Analytics:

    As devices become more connected and generate vast amounts of data, there is a growing need for professionals with skills in data analytics. This includes the ability to analyze and derive insights from large datasets generated by electronic devices and systems.

    Rise of Cybersecurity Skills:

    With the increasing threat of cyber attacks, the electronics industry has placed a greater emphasis on cybersecurity. Professionals are now required to have skills in securing hardware and software systems to protect against data breaches and unauthorized access.

    Expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) Skills:

    The growth of IoT has led to an increased demand for professionals with expertise in designing, developing, and maintaining IoT-enabled devices and systems. This includes skills in sensor technologies, connectivity, and IoT platforms.

    Advanced Manufacturing Skills:

    The electronics manufacturing sector has evolved with the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies. Skills related to automation, robotics, and Industry 4.0 practices have become crucial for professionals in manufacturing roles.

    Demand for Hardware Design and Engineering:

    While software skills are in high demand, there is still a significant need for professionals with expertise in hardware design and engineering. This includes skills in PCB design, analogue and digital electronics, and hardware prototyping.

    Cross-Disciplinary Skills: The electronics industry has seen a trend towards professionals with cross-disciplinary skills. For example, engineers with a combination of electronics and biomedical knowledge may find opportunities in the growing field of medical electronics. 

    Challenges / Gaps & Skill Shortages:

    Below are the challenges which need to be addressed by Industry – academia.

    Skill Shortages:

    Rapid technological advancements have led to skill shortages in emerging areas, creating a gap between industry requirements and the skills available in the workforce.

    Need for Continuous Learning:

    Professionals need to engage in continuous learning to keep up with evolving technologies, posing a challenge for those who may struggle to access relevant training opportunities.

    Global Competition: 

    Global competition in the electronics industry requires Indian professionals to stay globally competitive, necessitating exposure to international standards and practices.

    Infrastructure and Accessibility:

    Limited access to advanced infrastructure and education in certain regions can hinder the development of skills in those areas.

    Industry-Academia Divide:

    There is a gap between industry requirements and the skills taught in academic institutions, requiring better collaboration between academia and industry.

    Diversity and Inclusion:

    The industry may face challenges related to diversity and inclusion, with efforts needed to ensure equal opportunities for individuals from various backgrounds.

    Rapid Obsolescence:

    The electronics industry experiences rapid obsolescence of skills, necessitating a workforce that can quickly adapt to new technologies.

    Cybersecurity Risks:

    The increasing importance of cybersecurity brings challenges related to staying ahead of evolving cyber threats and maintaining robust security measures.

    Q3. As the Electronics Industry is set to be impacted by technological advancements, do you believe there will be a need to evaluate and overhaul the current skill set required in the industry

    Answer: The ongoing and anticipated technological advancements in the electronics industry will necessitate a revaluation and potential overhaul of the current skill set required Several factors contribute to this need as here below:

    Emergence of New Technologies:

    Technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced manufacturing processes are transforming the electronics industry. Professionals will need updated skills to work with and leverage these technologies effectively.

    Integration of Software and Hardware:

    The increasing integration of software and hardware in electronic devices requires professionals with a combination of skills in both domains. This shift demands a more holistic approach to skill development.

    Rapid Evolution of Industry Standards:

    Industry standards and best practices evolve with technological advancements. Professionals need to stay abreast of these changes to ensure compliance and to contribute effectively to industry developments.

    Data-Driven Decision-Making:

    The electronics industry is becoming more data-centric. Skills related to data analytics, interpretation, and utilization are becoming increasingly vital for making informed decisions, optimizing processes, and enhancing product performance.

    Cybersecurity Concerns:

    With the increasing connectivity of electronic devices, there is a heightened need for skills in cybersecurity. Professionals must be equipped to design, implement, and maintain secure systems to protect against cyber threats.

    Sustainability and Green Technologies:

    The industry is placing greater emphasis on sustainability. Professionals will need skills related to designing energy-efficient devices, implementing eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and ensuring adherence to environmental standards.

    Soft Skills and Collaboration:

    As the industry becomes more interdisciplinary and global, soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability become crucial. Professionals need to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders.

    Continuous Learning Culture:

    The rapid pace of technological change requires a culture of continuous learning within the workforce. Professionals should be open to acquiring new skills throughout their careers to stay relevant.

    Himanshu Vaibhav
    Himanshu Vaibhavhttps://www.timesev.com/
    Himanshu Vaibhav is a distinguished Technology Journalist associated with ELEtimes.com and TimesEV.com. With expertise in researching, writing, and editing, he demonstrates a deep understanding of technology, particularly in the EV industry. His continuous updates on EV, Automotive, and E-mobility industries reflect his commitment to staying at the forefront of emerging trends.

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