Autodesk, for the fourth consecutive year, successfully organized Autodesk University, India & SAARC, 2016 at CIDCO Exhibition Center, Navi Mumbai. The event witnessed attendance from participants, including design professionals, engineers, students, industry experts and technology enthusiasts. The event showcased the latest product and technology innovations from the industry (IoT, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, VFX, Robotics) and comprised of interactive workshops, demonstrations, knowledge sessions, and a display of exhibits from the Autodesk Gallery. A key highlight this year was a daylong Maker festival cohosted by India Maker Movement and NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups in partnership with Maker Fest.
The event was inaugurated by Apurva Chandra, IAS, Hon’ble Principal secretary (industries) Govt of Maharashtra, who said, ““I compliment Autodesk for having organized this Autodesk University at such a grand scale where MSMEs from various parts of Maharashtra have collected here today. We signed an MoU with Autodesk during the Make in India event to make available the World Autodesk Fusion 360 software to the SME s in Maharashtra at a very low price. The objective of this MoU was that the MSMEs the smaller units in Maharashtra use the best technology available in the world and upgrade their design capabilities so that they can compete and export to the rest of the world”
The event comes at a critical time in the country’s history as major companies of the world like General Motors, General Electric, Mercedes, Skoda, Volkswagen, they are all investing in Maharashtra and expanding in Maharashtra but the country and the MSMEs, the population will benefit when manufacturers develop the ecosystem where design takes precedence and are able to supply quality products. Some of the tools that Autodesk provides could help seamlessly integrate functions of manufacturing and supply with the aid of design on the cloud. It could open up doors for MSMEs who operate from disparate geographies.
Chandra added, “The Autodesk software will help MSMEs who can work in an optimal fashion and compete with the rest of the world. The new software offerings from Autodesk have had a strong head-start as more than n 1600 people have availed of this software already. The software is made available to the Government of India portal, Aaple Sarkaar and any MSME in Maharashtra is free to avail to this software and I look forward to more and more people in Maharashtra joining in this offer and upgrading their skills sets over a period of time.”