Siemens has already invested about Rs 500 crore for setting up five such centres of excellence in the state for which MoUs had been signed two years back, state Finance Minister Saurabh Patel said on Wednesday.
    
With the availability of more funds, the Germany-based company approached the Gujarat government in August for approval of its request to set up of six more such centres in the engineering colleges of the state within the company's current fiscal year ending on September 30, which has been granted, he said.
    
These centres of excellence will be set up at colleges in Morbi, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Patan, Jamnagar and Mehsana, he said.
    
These six centres will be in addition to the state government's already approved five centres of excellence under PPP mode with the co-operation of Siemens Industry Software (India) Pvt Ltd, Patel said.
    
"The main focus of these centres is to train students of different engineering institutes in-line with the latest industry needs and emerging trends. These centres will be instrumental in providing skilled manpower to the industries and employment opportunities to the youth," he added.

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