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Another SYNERGY event successfully organized

SYNERGY: A series of events dedicated to providing multi-dimensional, customized solutions to the MSME business needs; guidance on regulatory compliances and counseling about financial aid.

Organized by the Department of Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textiles, Government of West Bengal, the latest in a series of Synergy- events was held during 26-27 August 2016 at Rabindra Bhawan, Purulia, West Bengal.

Synergy Purulia:
  • Designed to cater to the entrepreneurial needs of the region.
  • Dedicated to synergizing the local MSMEs and making the entrepreneurs aware about the many facilities available for business units.
  • Participants included the Technology Facilitation Centre and the Government of West Bengal.
  • Had interactive stalls offering information related to financing, infrastructure, marketing technology, human resources and NGOs working in the field.

TFC: Highlights of the event

  • Almost 70 entrepreneurs visited the TFC stall to collect information and avail the technical consultation offered.
  • Among the many distinguished visitors to the TFC pavilion was the District Magistrate.
  • Entrepreneurs were provided information on terracotta, fly ash bricks ceramic membrane, and improved furnaces etc.
  • Members of local business chamber showed keen interest to work collaboratively to meet future technology needs.
  • The TFC also addressed several challenges presented to it by the entrepreneurs at an open session.
  • TFC members visited the local Shellac Cluster at Balarampur, Purulia, to identify technology gaps.

    Intervention for Dokra Craft Hubs

    CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Centre (CSIR-CGCRI), Kolkata, was chosen as the Nodal Centre in 2013, to set up the Technology Facilitation Centre (TFC) as a joint initiative between Government of West Bengal and CSIR. Since then the TFC has served as a bridge between the MSME rural hubs and the technology providers. One of the first activities undertaken was the technology need assessment for the Rural Craft Hubs of Dokra located at Bikna in Bankura district and Daryapur in Burdwan district, West Bengal.

    It was found that the artisans use traditional open- top furnaces that emit toxic flue gas along with heavy suspended particulate matter. These traditional furnaces contribute to the pollution level and pose occupational/health hazards. The need of the hour was to provide upgraded furnaces to these artisans whose handicrafts have been recognized by UNESCO. Provision of energy efficient metal melting furnaces was identified as a priority intervention. CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR-NML), Jamshedpur was chosen to provide the required intervention.

    Aided by financial support from Government of West Bengal through the Khadi Village Industries Board (KVIB), CSIR knowhow for energy efficient coke based brass melting furnace was provided. The formal handover and demonstration was organized on 20th January, 2016 at Bikna and on 21st January, 2016 at Daryapur in the presence of representatives of Rural Craft Hubs and officials from Government of West Bengal. Scientists and personnel from both CSIR-CGCRI and CSIR–NML were also present. The advanced furnaces, specially designed, are envisaged to reduce cost and improve efficiency by a sharp reduction in brass melting time thereby minimizing need for fuel. Their smokeless nature would also reduce occupational and health hazards. The transfer would be followed by capacity building and independent monitoring sessions so as to facilitate faster adoption of the technology.

    Synergy Durgapur

    MSME Technology Facilitation Centre (TFC), a joint initiative of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and Government of West Bengal, participated in a two day business conclave organised on 18 and 19 December, 2015 at the Urban Haat complex in City Centre of Durgapur. Synergy Durgapur is the sixth event in the chain of district –level events organised by Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Textiles, Govt. of West Bengal in association with District Administration Durgapur.

    Like previous Synergies, Synergy Durgapur had REFRACTORY BRICKS as a theme of the event. MSME Technology Facilitation Centre (TFC) pavilion provided information to the MSME entrepreneurs on Refractory Bricks Technology. As TFC is a networking organisation, entrepreneurs dealing in Refractory Bricks were recommended with technology suggestions from technical experts of CSIR – Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata. In addition to that, TFC addressed several challenges that the micro, small and medium scale units face. To foster growth and provide on-the-spot solutions to their difficulties, TFC has taken an active role in this Business Conclave also.

    The two-day Business conclave was organised by the Government of West Bengal with an aim to provide single-window facilities to the aspiring and experienced MSME entrepreneurs. Besides MSME Technology Facilitation Centre, the conclave had interactive stalls offering information related to financing, infrastructure, marketing technology and human resources. The focus was on bringing together all the facilities to provide instant solutions to the entrepreneurs. Synergy Durgapur was planned to cater to the various entrepreneurial needs of the districts of Bardhhaman and Bankura.

    Awareness Programme of Industrial Development Officers at District Industrial Centres

    MSME Technology Facilitation Centre recently has been visiting districts to interact with the General Managers (in MFCs) and Industrial Development Officers (IDOs) at the Block level of each district. The purpose is to identify a common methodology between TFC and District Industrial Centres through which the MSME sectors can be made more aware of the actual functioning of the MSME TFC and how the Centre can be reached with Tech Queries. Presently, TFC targeted the MFCs and DICs of six districts – Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Nadia to discuss about the proper mode of communication between TFC, DIC and the MSME entrepreneurs.

    Synergy North 24 Parganas - Nadia 2015

    MSME Technology Facilitation Centre participated at Synergy 2015 (North 24 Parganas-Nadia). The Synergy event was organized during 29 May 2015 to 31 May 2015, at the Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Science and Research, Panihati, to attract potential entrepreneurs and to extend supports to existing MSMEs particularly those in the districts of North 24 Parganas and Nadia.

    The Theme of the MSME-TFC Pavilion during Synergy -2015, North 24 Parganas, Nadia was: Devices, Instruments and Machinery. Thus devices/technologies from the Fibre Optics Laboratory at CSIR-Central Glass & Central Research Institute, Kolkata were chosen for display at the pavilion.

    In consonance with the theme; Erbium-doped Fibre Amplifier for CATV Application; Specially Designed Optical Fibre and Jacketed Optical Fibre were displayed. Specially designed posters on cutting-edge technologies were put up and attracted a lot of attention from prospective entrepreneurs.

    Addressing technology challenges at the Craftshub

    Rural Craftshhub play a significant role in contributing to the economy of West Bengal. Thus addressing their technological needs is also vital. Sital-pati of Ghugumari, CoochBehar, Wooden Mask of Kushmandi, Dakshin Dinajpur and Chaumask of Charida, Purulia all have their own technological challenges and are in need of technological intervention. A Technology Facilitation Centre trip was organized in these craftshub to assess their technological needs.

    Synergy GourBanga, 2014

    A three-day programme entitled ‘Synergy GourBanga, 2014’ was organised at Malda in November 2014 to facilitate micro, small and medium scale enterprises in three districts- Uttar Dinajpur, DakshinDinajpur and Malda. Technologies for water, rice bran oil and building & construction were showcased to the entrepreneurs of GourBanga.

    A Visit to Natungram, Bardhaman

    Natungram in Bardhaman district is grouped under the Crafts-hub. Artisans here are engaged in making the iconic Owls other figures which are synonymous with wood artwork of Bengal. Members of the technology facilitation centre, along with members of Bangla Natak.com, visited Natungram to appraise the ground situation and ascertain the need and scope for technological intervention(s). Artisans associated with the Crafts-hub face a major problem of damage to wood by bugs.

    A Visit to Bargachia Metal Cluster Unit, Howrah

    Bargachia Metal Cluster of Howrah District is an amalgamation of five villages namely Bargachia, Mansinghapur, Sadatpur, Pantihal&Hantal under J.B. Pur, Block. This cluster is engaged in manufacturing ferrous & non-ferrous metal parts.
    The team from Technology Facilitation Centre made a visit to the metal cluster with an aim facilitating soft intervention.

    Synergy Howrah

    The Department of MSME & T, Government of West Bengal organised a regional level exposition cum conference "Synergy Howrah 2014" at Howrah Maidan in August 2014. CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, CSIR- Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubhaneswar and CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata Campus and Khurja Campus were present to address the technological needs of the MSME entrepreneurs especially of the Howrah district and its surrounding areas. The theme of the technology pavilion was ‘Adopting Clean Processes’. The components included the following:

    • Clean Fuel and Clean Energy
    • Clean Metallurgical Processes and Application
    • Clean Processes for Ornamental Glass Making
    • Clean Environment through Effective Effluent Management

    CSIR technology for Bikna Dokra

    CSIR through its flagship National Metallurgical Laboratory at Jamshedpur is set to provide intervention for dokra crafts cluster in Bankura district. The intervention, in form of efficient furnace design would enable greater fuel efficiency and environment friendliness to the artisans.

    Highlighting Needs of the Nadia District

    Power loom, agro based and food processing industries, plastic products and clay dolls are major industrial segments of the Nadia district that are in need of technological intervention.

    Safe drinking water for Bardhaman district

    Ceramic membrane filters developed at CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata are being explored by SHGs in expanding their water purification installations at Kalna in Bardhaman district. The plants, to be commissioned through NABARD loans, would make use of the low cost technologies developed at CSIR.

    Synergy Siliguri 2014

    Synergy Siliguri 2014, with a focus on North Bengal was held in February. Technologies for plastic industries, rice bran oil extraction, food processing were sought by entrepreneurs.