WTC Mumbai’s Center of Excellence

Sep 18, 2022

Mr. Narayan Rane, Hon’ble Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) visited ‘M. Visvesvaraya Center of Excellence’ at WTC Mumbai and expressed hope that the Center will promote the vision of Bharat Ratna Sir Dr. M Visvesvaraya. The Minister remarked, “This Center of Excellence is named after Bharat Ratna Sir Dr. M Visvesvaraya in whose memory we celebrate Engineers Day. I am confident that WTC Mumbai will promote his vision by working towards employability, entrepreneurship and exports. I am happy to learn that this Center of Excellence will also facilitate exports of MSMEs, start-ups and women owned enterprises.” Mr. Rane further pointed out, “This Center of Excellence will promote the livelihood of artisans, weavers and small scale enterprises who are the key drivers of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” As part of its constant endeavour to meet the emerging needs of the economy, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai established the Center of Excellence that will draw on its five decades of rich history in Trade Promotion, Facility Management, Research and Education. Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai remarked, “MVIRDC has completed more than five decades of service to trade and industry and at this historical moment, we have established ‘M. Visvesvaraya Center of Excellence’ in honour of our visionary Bharat Ratna Sir Dr. M Visvesvaraya. The Center will make our MSME units, start-ups and women owned enterprises globally competitive by providing skill development and business acceleration services.” Dr. Kalantri further added, “Today, the need of the hour is to make our MSME sector more vibrant to achieve the mission of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. MSMEs are the backbone of our economy as they contribute nearly 49% to India’s merchandise exports, 39% to GDP and employ 120 million people.” The Center of Excellence will partner with financial institutions, government agencies, industry associations, skill development institutes, academia and research institutions to promote employability, entrepreneurship and exports. Speaking on this unique initiative, Ms. Rupa Naik, Executive Director, WTC Mumbai remarked, “As part of its initiative to promote an inclusive society, the Center will impart vocational skills to specially-abled people (people with disabilities) and economically disadvantaged sections of the society. Already, MVIRDC is registered with the National Skill Development Center, Government of India as the ‘Training Center’.” In Photo: (from left to right in front row) Ms. Megha Phansalkar, Founder, Tisser Artisans Trust, Ms. Rupa Naik, Executive Director, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai, Dr. Vijay Kalantri, Chairman, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai, Mr. Narayan Rane, Hon’ble Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Capt. Somesh Batra, Vice Chairman, MVIRDC WTC Mumbai