Special Manpower Development Program

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Special Manpower Development Program or SMDP is project undertaken by Ministry of Information technology of the Government of India aiming to impart training in VLSI design and related software to engineering students pursuing Masters or Doctoral programmes in the domains of Computer Science, Electronics, IT etc.


SMDP or Special Manpower project was launched in the 9th Five-year plan to boost capability of India in the field of VLSI design and the development of software tools associated with it.The program is funded by Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

The main emphasis is on research and it is helping M.Tech and PhD students in completing their research projects on VLSI.[1] A working committee set up by Department of Information Technology that includes members from various educational institutions has designed the curriculum for VLSI Design course for the Participating Institutions and has also suggested the EDA tools that needs to be installed for establishing VLSI design labs. The programme aims to provide training to about 1930 students annually for various programmes from 25 participating institutions with the help of 7 resource centers.[2]


In 1998 SMDP-I project was launched as a part of 9th five-year plan of India with a view to increase the share of India in VLSI design from 0.5% to 5%.The programme was implemented across 19 institutions, it includes 7 Resource Centers (RC's) and 12 Participating Institutions (PI's). The first phase of the project was accomplished in March 2005.[3]

The programme envisages two major elements :

  • Inviting International Guest Faculty to conduct seminar on specialized topics of VLSI Design
  • Provide financial assistance to students and faculty of RCs and PIs to attend and present paper in national and international conferences in the area of VLSI Design


SMDP-II was started in 2005 after completion of phase-I after infusion of more funds. In the second phase, 5 more participating institutions (PIs) were added in the programme. Advanced VLSI design laboratories equipped with CAD/CAM software tools have been set up in all the participating institutions. As of now 25 PIs and 7 Resource Centres are actively participating.[4]

Resource Centers[edit]

Participating Institutes[edit]

Following is the list of participating institutions in the programme.[5] [6]

Northern Region[edit]

  1. Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  3. Thapar University
  4. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
  5. National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
  6. National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur
  7. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
  8. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

Eastern Region[edit]

  1. Jadavpur University
  2. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  4. National Institute of Technology, Durgapur
  5. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
  6. National Institute of Technology, Silchar
  7. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur

Western Region[edit]

  1. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
  2. Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur
  3. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar
  4. Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat

Southern Region[edit]

  1. National Institute of Technology Karnataka
  2. National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  3. PSG College of Technology
  4. National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
  5. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
  6. National Institute of Technology, Calicut

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SMDP in IISc". cedt.iisc.ernet.in. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  2. ^ "STPI". naukri.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Special Manpower Development Programme in VLSI". ee.iitb.ac.in. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "About SMDP-II". NIT,Hamirpur. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  6. ^ "SPECIAL MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME". IIT Delhi. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 

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