New Horizon College of Engineering partners with Schneider Electric & French Government to set up India’s first CoE for Engineers


Mumbai/Bangalore, March 12, 2018 – The New Horizon College of Engineering, an autonomous college, today unveiled the first Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Engineers in Bengaluru. The CoE was inaugurated by Ms.Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France. The CoE has been set up following a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the college, Schneider Electric and the French Ministry of National Education. The centre will carry out vocational training programmes in the initial and continuing education in the fields of electricity, automation and energy management.

Additionally, a Partnership Agreement was signed between Cluster President of CMQ3E (High Schools, Higher Educational Institutions, companies, and other Public, Private Institutions), Rouen-France and New Horizon College of Engineering, Bangalore-India. The agreement aims to strengthen the overall education systems and processes for teachers as well as students. The objectives of partnership agreement includes: a). Mobility of teachers and students, b). Collaboration and implementation of new teaching strategies, c). Collaboration and implementation of training programs, d). Exchange of technical knowhow and advisory, e). Collaboration and assistance to develop educational cooperation in the field of energy and energy efficiency, f). Collaboration and assistance in implementing equipment or materials, g). Develop training programs for teachers and trainers of vocational and technological education.

Ms. Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France, stated: “New Horizon College of Engineering is the first Engineering/Technology College to have partnered with the French Government to set up a centre to skill engineers in India. We look forward to more such associations in future and we are glad to be a part of this effort made by the college to strengthen/upgrade knowledge and professional skills of teachers, students and customers.”

Dr Mohan Manghnani, Chairman of New Horizon College of Engineering, said, “Indo-French-Schneider Electric Centre of Excellence is skilling engineering graduates on industrial, building automation and energy management areas. India produces good quality engineers. However, there is a shortage of skilled engineers in automation and energy management areas. The French Government has deputed specialized full-time professor to the Centre of Excellence for a period of three years, and the French professor has trained New Horizon’s professors on Automation and Energy Management using industry labs at Schneider Electric’s facilities and designed the syllabus accordingly”

A tripartite MoU was signed on 20th September, 2017, in Bengaluru between The Ministry of National Education, France, represented by Mme.Marianne de Brunhoff; Schneider Electric India Private Limited represented by Mr. Srinivas Chebbi; and New Horizon College of Engineering represented by Dr.Mohan Manghnani.

Commenting on the association, Shrinivas Chebbi, President, Partner & Eco Buildings, Schneider Electric, India, said, “We are living in a world where sustainability is going to be critical for India’s next level of growth. It is therefore important to equip our talent pool with tools to navigate through a digital economy in an equitable manner. The Centre of Excellence will be a reservoir of state-of-the-art skill programmes to prepare students to leverage disruptive technology to push the national growth.”

Monday, March 12, 2018