PANAJI: Stating that there is a need to ensure that skill development reaches the youth, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant assured that the government will support companies that come to Goa. He made the statement during a Fire-side chat session hosted by Visteon Corporation here on Friday.
“We need innovations, new ideas, and new challenges. Our youngsters will benefit from companies like Visteon that come to Goa. We welcome such companies and we will support them. If Goa has to be an IT hub then we all have to work unitedly to make this possible,” he said.
Dr Sawant said that the IT sector plays an important role in handholding startups to venture into other segments such as medical, food processing, service sector, etc.
Emphasising that Goa is one of the best places for companies due to its connectivity, Dr Sawant said: “Under the Gati Shakti platform we have the Mopa International Airport which will start from November or December, while cargo and logistics operations from this airport will commence from January. We have a good port at Mormugao as well as railway and road connectivity.”
Thanking Visteon President and CEO – Goan-origin Sachin Lawande for coming to Goa, he said, “After setting up in Goa, Visteon has started training and internships in machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced connectivity solutions which is a commendable initiative,” he said.
Visteon is a global technology company serving the mobility industry and is participating in the technology domains that will have a profound effect on personal transport: connected digital cockpit and electrification.
The company has made considerable investments in Goa to attract young talent and continues to recruit in the areas of cybersecurity, Android-based infotainment, AUTOSAR, driver awareness systems, and autonomous vehicle solutions for regional and global customer applications.
In June, Visteon inaugurated a new Technical Centre at EDC Patto Plaza, Panaji, with a seating capacity of 50. In the past two months, the facility has been expanded to accommodate a seating of 140.
Of the 50 employees, 30 are young graduates. Visteon calls them RISERS, they are part of the company’s early career program offering young engineers a unique opportunity to hone their engineering skills in a dynamic real-time work environment.
Visteon’s current workforce in Goa is expected to increase to 70-80 by the end of the year.
Continuing its efforts to strengthen collaboration with academia, the company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three institutes – Goa Engineering College, Padre Conceicao College of Engineering (PCCE) and Agnel Institute of Technology.
Aashish Bhatia, President of Visteon’s India operations, said: “The Goa operations will closely work with other technical centres of Visteon and support in areas of infotainment, driver awareness systems, and other technology developments. We will continue to work with the universities to develop early career programs (internship programs) and look forward to young graduates contributing significantly to our software and product engineering capabilities.”
Visteon has had a presence in India for more than two decades now, working with numerous automakers in the country. Visteon’s growth is spurred by the ideas, innovation and commitment of our 2000 strong workforces across Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, and Pune. They recently set foot in Coimbatore and Trivandrum as well.
Visteon teams have the software and product engineering capabilities to support the needs of global automakers and contribute to the global development of advanced technologies in these areas, states a press release.