The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, in association with the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, has launched a unique program to upskill students from the tribal community in semiconductor technology. Semiconductor manufacturing is in resurgence due to the ₹77,000 Cr India Semiconductor Mission (ISM). ISM aims to establish multiple semiconductor fabs and packaging facilities in the country, which will require a skilled workforce with hands-on experience in semiconductor technology. The SemiCon talent committee projected a need of 30,000 by 2027 and 65000 by 2032. Tribal Communities can benefit by participating in this industry with well-paying jobs, provided they have the relevant skills. In this program IISc will build a dedicated training fab, so students with resource constraints can get state-of-art training at no cost. Faculty from tribal communities are also eligible to attend the training so they can increase their horizons with new courses and research.

Program Objective

This program will train 450 students and faculty from the tribal community in semiconductor manufacturing technology.

The program is generously funded by the Ministry for Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India, for the benefit of the tribal community. Students who pass the course will improve their knowledge and employability in the upcoming semiconductor manufacturing industry. https://theprint.in/india/govt-to-train-tribal-students-in-semiconductor-technology-arjun-munda/1991922/

Program Format

  • Training will be conducted in stages – foundation course and Advanced course. The Foundational course is a 60 hours program with online lectures and assignments. The advanced program is 90 hours with offline lectures, assignments and hands-on training in Bengaluru. Both courses are NSQF-certified, at levels 6.0 & 6.5, for foundational (https://nqr.gov.in/qualifications/3809) and advanced courses (https://nqr.gov.in/qualifications/3808), respectively.
  • Selection is meritocratic. The selection to the foundational course is through an online test. The online test is based on content from a video lecture(s). The selection to the advanced courses will be from the graduating pool of foundational courses based on assignment performance.
  • Minimum qualifications for students are: Pursuing (or rising) 4th year of UG Engineering OR pursuing (or rising) first year of M.Sc in the relevant field
  • Faculty must be employed in a PG institute of higher learning for science or engineering.

Schedule for upcoming program

Online Foundation Training on Semiconductor Fabrication and Characterization

18-20 June, 2024 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Centre for Nano Science and Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Organising Team

Mr. Somashekar P S(somashekarps@iisc.ac.in)
Ms. Sabiha Sultana(sabihas@iisc.ac.in)
Prof. Sushobhan Avasthi (savasthi@iisc.ac.in)


Sushobhan AvasthiProf. Sushobhan Avasthi
Srinivasan RaghavanProf. Srinivasan Raghavan
Shankar KSProf. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja
Akshay NaikProf. Akshay Naik
Savitha PDr. Savitha P
Suresha SJDr. Suresha S J


Time Speaker Topic
09:30 - 10:00 Inauguration of MOTA Training Program
Overview of CeNSE academic and research activities – Prof. Sushobhan Awasthi
10:00 - 11:00 Prof. Sushobhan Awasthi Overview of MoTA Training Program
11:00 - 13:00 Dr. Vijayaraghavan Introduction to Nanofabrication
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 Prof. Sushobhan Avasthi Substrate & Cleaning
15:30 - 17:00 Prof. Sushobhan Avasthi Doping and Native Oxides
17:00 - 18:30 Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja Lithography
Time Speaker Topic
09.00 - 10.30 Prof. Dhavala Suri Thin Film Technology
10.30 - 12.00 Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja Dry & Wet Etch
12.00 - 13.00 Prof. Pavan Nukala Optical & Electron Microscopy
13:00- 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 Prof. M M Nayak Assembly, Integration and Testing of Sensors
15:00 - 17:00 Mr. Krishnan Shrinivasan Deep-dive on RIE Tool
17:30 - 18:30 Prof. Prosenjit Sen PCB Design and Demonstration
Time Speaker Topic
09.00 - 10.30 Prof. Saurabh Chandorkar MEMS Technology
10.30 - 12.00 Prof. Adithya Sadhanala Optoelectronics, LEDs & Solar Cells
12.00 - 13.00 Dr. Vijayaraghavan Process Integration: BI-CMOS Technology
13:00- 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 Dr. Vijayaraghavan / Prof. Sushobhan Avasthi Introduction to NNfC
15:00 - 16:00 Dr. Suresha S J Introduction to MNCF
16:00 - 17:00 Mr. Gajendra Introduction to Utilities
17:00 - 17:30 Ms. Sabiha Sultana Valedictory, Q & A
17:30- 18:00 Feedback Session



Dr. Aditya Sadhanala
Dr. Ambarish Ghosh
Dr. Dhavala Suri
Dr. Digbijoy N. Nath
Dr. Pavan Nukala
Dr. Sushobhan Avasthi
Dr. Saurabh Chandorkar
Dr. Sreetosh Goswami
Dr. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja
Dr. Prosenjit Sen
Dr. M. M. Nayak

About CeNSE

The Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE) was established in 2010 to pursue interdisciplinary research on the nanoscale. Topics of interest include, but not limited to materials, electronics, MEMS/NEMS, photonics, biotechnology, and solar cells. If you have an exciting and revolutionary idea, come talk to us. We welcome both academic and industry collaborations.

CeNSE houses a state-of-the art national nanofabrication centre (NNfC) with 14000 square feet of class 100/1000 clean room. It also houses a comprehensive micro nano characterization facility (MNCF) to conduct virtually any type of electrical, optical, mechanical and material characterization. Both of these are national user facilities are accessible to outside researchers for very reasonable charges.


2024-25 - Events Planned

Sl No Events Dates Venue Days
1 Online Foundation Training on Semiconductor Fabrication and Characterization 18-20 Jun 2024 CeNSE, IISc, Bengaluru 3 days
2 Advanced Training Program August 2024 CeNSE, IISc, Bengaluru 2 week

Test Material

Lecture series- NPTEL

Name: Fundamentals of Micro and Nanofacbrication

Instructors: Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja and Prof. Sushobhan Avasthi



Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Science,
Bengaluru - 560012. India.