The optimum sequence for welding training

If one looks at the sequence in which welding skill is imparted, it is based on the order in which technology has evolved.

Conventional Approach to Welding Training
Conventional Approach to Welding Training

This is akin to forcing someone wanting to use computers to learn MS DOS and Windows 3.1 because those technologies came first, much before Windows 7 or 8.

MIG and TIG are the most commonly used types of welding, especially in the automotive industry. The remuneration is also considerably higher than Gas Welding and Arc Welding, and so is the quality expected from the welder.

Since the formal vocational training syllabus enforces this order, someone who needs to know just MIG or TIG is forced to learn Gas and Arc welding.

If one now looks at different types of welding from a purely human skill approach, the following approach is more optimal:

Optimum order of Welding Training - from a human skill point of view
Optimum order of Welding Training – from a human skill point of view

The Modular Employability Skills is a good initiative enabling youth to acquire skills one by one, throwing the doors open to youth who had missed out on more formal training courses like ITIs and Polytechnics. However, for skills relevant to welding (Sl # 98 to 108). though MIG welding alone is available as a course of 90 hours, it requires you to have Stick Welding and Gas Cutting courses, each of 120 hours, as a prerequisite!

It is high time the industry lobbied for changing the sequence of skill training in the manner required by the industry, and not an obsolete one just because “that’s how it was from time immemorial”.

The trap of low fees long duration training

All of the government run vocational skill training programs are highly subsidized and therefore priced very low. Similarly, over a period of time, informal training programs too have followed the same approach – longer duration (6 month), lower fees (10-20k).

Sadly, these courses are so outdated that the students still need further training in house at companies that recruit them. The need of the hour is highly practical oriented (80-90% practical) short duration (2-3 weeks) courses, which prepare them for the needs of the industry.

Now the question comes to what is a fair price for these short duration courses? Because many of the ineffective informal courses too have taken the 6 month approach, many people tend to base their reasoning on a per week cost, and concluding at a totally unreasonable 2-3k for a 2-3 week course. In fact, these ineffective long courses have hidden costs – mainly opportunity costs.

Let’s compare two hypothetical courses- course A is 3 months long, and charges 12,000. Course B is 2 weeks long, and charges 15,000. Which is costlier, assuming both have similar job prospects, of earning 7,500 per month after the course, and are placed immediately after the course?

The real cost of course A is the course fees + 2.5 months of salary as opportunity cost = 12,000 + 18,750 = 30,750/- The real cost of course B is just the course fees at Rs 15,000, as one starts earning much earlier. Thus course B is cheaper by more than 50%, though on the face of it, it looks costlier!

Skill Gap from Multiple Perspectives – Article in CFO Connect

CFO Connect is a thought-leadership magazine for senior professionals, and their August 2013 issue has an article by Sabarinath.C, skillveri’s co-founder and CEO.


The article speaks on Skill Gap from multiple perspectives – that of employees, employers, the problems in financing the training, etc.


Sabari goes on to make some suggestions for addressing skill gap. If these could be implemented, it could make skill training viable and cost-effective for the industries, address their manpower problems and also improve the skill levels of the workers  and help them scale up their career.


Click here to read the entire article over at the CFO Connect site, or click here for a pdf version if you want to save it for later !


skillveri's AURA at INTEC 2013, Coimbatore.

skillveri was happy to participate in INTEC 2013 – The Industrial Trade Fair organised by CODISSIA, the Coimbatore Distric Small Industries Association. It was an event where so many innovations were exhibited, and AURA, our welding simulator was a star attraction.

We had a large number of interested visitors coming in and trying their hand on our welding simulator, and had a lot of positive feedback about our tool.

We thank Hitech India Equipments Pvt Ltd for allowing us to share their stall at C-125. We are glad that our product contributed significantly to the stall being one of the highest visited stalls in INTEC 2013.


“The live feedback feature is really very useful to learn welding. Wish we had such tools when we learned welding”  – Sajith N G, from Mudra Engineering Industries


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Students from a Women’s Polytechnic trying out welding – a domain typically considered a male bastion in India
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The Hitech India stall where skillveri had its presence in INTEC
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A large group of students gathered and watching our product AURA
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Experienced industry users trying their hand on our welding simulator AURA

Do check out our facebook page to catch up with all the excitement that our friends and fans shared about the event !

skillveri CEO's visit to Bannari Amman Institute of Technology

skillveri’s CEO Sabarinath.C Nair had the opportunity to be at the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam.

Sabari was asked to preside over the valediction of the Electronics & Communication Engineering course and address the students graduating in 2013.

The students got to listen to Sabari share his experiences of being an entrepreneur and the learnings from skillveri’s journey so far.


It is always a pleasure to be among young minds and the 2013 ECE batch of BIT was no exception !


The skillveri team wishes the young grads all the very best in life, and hope they find success in whatever they choose to do.

Some of the pics from the event are below :

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At the valediction of the 2013 batch of Electronics & Communication Engineering, BIT, Sathyamangalam
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Sabarinath.C addressing the students

skillveri at Alpha Engineering College's Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp

Alpha College of Engineering  in association with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India – conducted an Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp from 8th – 10th January 2013 at their campus in Chennai, under the aegis of National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) and Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.

The main objective of the program was to create awareness amongst the faculty and the students of Engineering and Arts discipline about the various facets of entrepreneurship and highlight its merits as an alternative career option.

skillveri’s CEO Sabarinath C Nair addressed the students in the valedictory session, spoke to them on entrepreneurship and answered their queries. It was a pleasant afternoon, being among the students and enjoying the interaction with them.

Some of the pics from the event are below –

skillveri’s CEO Sabarinath.C.Nair addressing the students
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An excerpt from the presentation by skillveri

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skillveri wins the 3rd place in the India Innovation Initiative 2012 !

skillveri bags the 3rd place in the national awards for i3 2012 – The India Innovation Initiative !

skillveri’s flagship product, the welding training tool Aura, made it to the 3rd place in I3 held in New Delhi on December 3rd 2012.

There were a total of 42 teams selected from the regional fairs held earlier across the country.The teams for the regional fairs were in turn selected after screening over 600 applications received for the event.

The jury visited our stall and saw demonstrations of our simulator. They also had first hand testimony of the product from our end users – welding staff of our first customers.

The judging criteria included –

  • Creativity and originality
  • Application of Technology / Scientific Methodology
  • Potential for commercialization
  • Potential for addressing social and global concerns

The skillveri team was represented in the event by Ashwin Chandrasekher, and our CEO Sabarinath C Nair , who fielded questions and explained about our product to the visitors, press and jury.

We also got a mention in the press coverage of the event at in Deccan Herald !

Find the results of the national award mentioned here.

Some of the snaps from the Delhi event are below –


The Inauguration


Welders trying out our Training Tool – Aura


The public and press at our stall in Delhi
Our CEO Sabarinath C Nair receiving the 3rd Prize