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The COAI was constituted in 1995 as a registered, non-governmental society. The association is dedicated to the advancement of modern communication through the establishment of a world-class cellular infrastructure and to delivering the benefits of affordable mobile communication services to the people of India.

Over the years, COAI has emerged as the official voice for the Indian GSM Industry and interacts directly with Ministries, Policy Makers, Regulators, Financial Institutions and Technical Bodies. It provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas between these bodies and service providers, who share a common interest in the development of cellular mobile telephony. COAI also collaborates with other Industry Associations such as COO, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, AUSPI, ISPAI, VSAT association etc. with the objective of presenting an industry consensus view to the Government on crucial issues relating to the growth and development of the Indian Cellular industry.,

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Indian Cellular Association (ICA) is the apex body of the mobile industry comprising of Brand Owners; Technology Providers; Manufacturers; National Distributors; Application, Solution and VAS Providers, Ethical Retailers and eminent Consumers of mobile handsets.

The Association has been constituted to provide value and service to the mobile cellular handset industry in India; by fuelling its growth, improving competitiveness, helping create a legal and ethical market and regulatory environment, thereby providing long term benefits of mobile connectivity to the Indian masses.

The Association is headed by its National President, Pankaj Mohindroo, who presides over the Association's objectives of ensuring the development of the mobile cellular handset industry in India.

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The idea of Telecom Centers of Excellence germinated with the shared realisation, by the Government and the Telecom Industry, that a high growth trajectory of telecommunications was essential for the overall progress of the country. That said, it could not be achieved without local research, development and innovations for local needs.

The TCOE initiative was converted to reality with the signing of tri-partite Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the Department of Telecom, Government of India, participating Institutes and the sponsors from the Industry.The TCOEs, set up in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, are an example of the Government, the Academia and the Industry working together for the sustained growth and progress of the country.

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The National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC) is a one of its kind, Public Private Partnership in India. It aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality, for-profit vocational institutions. It provides funding to build scalable, for-profit vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support systems such as quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.


The NSDC was set up as part of a national skill development mission to fulfill the growing need in India for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills.

The Finance Minister announced the formation of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in his Budget Speech (2008-09): "...There is a compelling need to launch a world class skill development programme in Mission mode that will address the challenge of imparting the skills required by a growing economy. Both the structure and the leadership of the Mission must be such that the programme can be scaled up quickly to cover the whole country."

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