After successfully providing a place for startups in the form of T-Hub, Telangana government is all set to help individuals, entrepreneurs and startups in the hardware and design space. The government announced on Tuesday that it will be rolling out TWorks by end of 2018 and it will come up in 2,50,000 square feet area and have equipment’s worth $20 million.
This was announced by Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao at the 17th India Design Summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with National Institute of Design and Telangana government. “The world is going through industrial revolution 4.0 and India should not be left behind. It should become a leader in this revolution which has design at its heart. So, in order to lead the narrative, our government is setting India’s largest and probably world’s second largest collaborative platform called TWorks. It will be a prototyping and design centre for individuals, entrepreneurs and students in the design and hardware space. I believe it could change the way we do business in India,” Rama Rao said.
In terms of the areas that the centre will focus on, the Minister said that mechanical, electro mechanical, electronics and semi-conductor domains will benefit with this centre. In addition, it will have products and tools in the field of IoT, avionics, drones, medical devices, medical instruments, defence equipment, consumer electronics, telecom products, mobile devices, gadgets and sensors.
“Anyone and everyone can use freely available tools, software, testing and measurement equipments to build products that are limited by your imagination. CNC machines, cutting machines, wielding and carpentry tools, PCBs and assembly machines, 3D printers of all ranges will be available to build prototypes,” he informed.
The Minister also informed that TWorks could also be supported and partnered by India Design Centre (IDC). “The TWorks will be an essential hub in the wheel to herald a new wave of entrepreneurs, makers, doers, tinkers and designers of all kind. It will be a much desired platform to collaborate and foster the new growth engines of the industrial revolution,” he said.
Design drives growth
Speaking about how humans appreciate good design and it is part of nature to nurture good design, Rama Rao said, “Human tend to take design to a new level altogether. In fact, design is the hallmark of a civilization and higher the maturity of civilization the more we see patterns of design in their architecture, in their art and mythology. From Greek civilisation to the modern age we can see unique designs in various aspects of life. In Hyderabad as well, different areas have different designs thus showcasing that era.”
He also said that great countries have developed and equipped their schools, colleges, institutions and academics with great designers and have taught their population to indulge in design. He added further that India has a great opportunity for industrial revolution 4.0 and urged the country to lead this revolution and not be mere followers as happened in the last three industrial revolutions.