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    Circuit to Success: Navigating a Career in ESDM as a New Grad

    Author: Dr Abhilasha Gaur, Chief Operating Officer, Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI)

    As the last pages of the Class 12 exam papers are turned, a new chapter eagerly awaits the young minds of India. Amidst the excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead, many students find themselves pondering the age-old question: “What next?” For those with a passion for fashion, creativity, and innovation, the ESDM sector beckons as a realm of boundless opportunities. In this article, we embark on a journey through the colourful landscape of India’s ESDM industry, exploring the diverse career avenues that await aspiring professionals post-Class 12 exams.

    Dr Abhilasha Gaur, Chief Operating Officer, ESSCI

    Exploring the Landscape:

    The Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in India is experiencing phenomenal growth. Supported by government initiatives like “Make in India,” it’s rapidly becoming a major hub for electronics manufacturing and innovation. As per Invest India report, it is projected that India will achieve the milestone of becoming a $1 trillion digital economy by the fiscal year 2026. Presently, the electronics market within India holds a value of $155 billion, with domestic production contributing to 65% of this figure.

    If you’ve completed your 12th standard and have a passion for technology,  a career in the ESDM sector holds immense potential. ESDM encompasses the entire spectrum of electronics activities, including:

    • Design: Designing integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), electronic systems, and embedded software.
    • Manufacturing: Production and assembly of electronic components, devices, and end-products. This includes semiconductor fabrication.
    • Testing and Validation: Ensuring product quality, reliability, and compliance with industry standards.
    • Repair and Maintenance: Servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing electronic products and systems.

    Why is ESDM a Lucrative Career Path?

    • Government Initiatives: The Government of India is heavily invested in developing the ESDM sector. Several policies and schemes aim to boost domestic manufacturing, attract foreign investment, and create a skilled workforce.
    • Rapid Growth: India’s ESDM market is experiencing substantial growth, projected to reach trillions of rupees in value over the next few years. This growth fuels the demand for skilled professionals.
    • Skill Development Focus: Programs focusing on skilling and training the ESDM workforce are a priority, ensuring you have ample opportunities to acquire the required skills.
    • Diverse Ecosystem: India’s ESDM sector is diverse, offering opportunities in consumer electronics, telecommunications, defence, healthcare, automotive, and many other industries.
    • Global Requirements: In the global market, the requirements of the ESDM industry are multifaceted and continually evolving. First and foremost, there is a persistent need for innovation and technological advancement to stay competitive. Companies are investing in research and development to create cutting-edge products that meet the ever-changing demands of consumers worldwide.

    Next Level Options in ESDM for 12th Pass Students

    Here’s how you can embark on a rewarding ESDM career after completing your 12th standard:

    1. Diploma Programs
    • The ESDM sector offers exciting career opportunities for 12th graders through diploma programs. Options like Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) provide a strong foundation in electronics principles, communication systems, and embedded systems, opening doors to technician, engineer, and quality control roles. Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) focuses on telecom infrastructure and equipment, preparing individuals for technician and maintenance positions in this growing field. Consider your interests and career goals when choosing a diploma program to launch your journey in the dynamic ESDM sector.
    1. Skill Development and Certification Courses
    • The booming ESDM sector demands skilled professionals. Skill development and certification courses offer a fast-track entry point, equipping 12th-pass students with industry-relevant skills. Government initiatives and industry collaborations provide various affordable options, empowering individuals to join the electronics revolution and contribute to India’s technological advancement. You can learn a lot of the basics and advanced skills with ESSCI – Electronics Sector Skills Council of India, a non-profit organisation, which works under the aegis of MSDE – Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
    1. Bachelor’s degree Options

    If you desire advanced positions and specialization, consider bachelor’s degree courses. Some popular undergraduate courses are – B.Tech /B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechatronics, Automation and Robotics. These engineering programs provide extensive training in electronics hardware design, testing, manufacturing processes, software skills, and embedded systems. Reputed institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs and private colleges offer ESDM-focused bachelor’s degree courses for students interested in building careers in the electronics industry. The programs aim to develop competent engineering graduates equipped for upcoming technology shifts like IoT, AI and Industry 4.0.

    Target Industries Within the ESDM Ecosystem

    • Consumer Electronics Manufacturing: Contribute to the production of smartphones, laptops, televisions, home appliances, and other consumer goods.
    • Semiconductors: Play a part in the design and fabrication of the integrated circuits that power these electronics.
    • Telecom Infrastructure: Work on the networks and equipment that form the backbone of communication.
    • Medical Devices and Healthcare: Develop life-saving medical electronics, diagnostic equipment, and healthcare technology.
    • Defence and Aerospace: Be involved with electronics for military and space applications.
    • Mechatronics: Design control systems, sensors, and smart features for vehicles.

    Essential Skills for the ESDM Sector

    • Technical Knowledge: Strong foundation in electronics fundamentals.
    • Problem Solving: Analytical thinking and troubleshooting ability.
    • Attention to Detail: Precision is critical when working with electronics.
    • Adaptability: Keeping up with advancements in technology.


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