Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) has organised ASDC Annual Conclave 2019 in New Delhi, India. The day-long event focused on various panel discussions on industry expectations from the skilling ecosystem, vocational skills institutions and industry training centres’ perspective on challenges and opportunities associated with skilling, and thirdly, the role of the state to mobilise and make skills aspirational in the automotive skilling ecosystem.
Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Indian Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship delivered the special keynote address. Nikunj Sanghi, Chairman, ASDC welcomed the guests. Following this, Skill Gap Study Report was launched by Dr Pandey, which highlighted the skill gap which persists in the automotive industry at various levels. The TCS portal was also launched, which is a step in the direction of digitising the automotive skill learning and assessment processes to provide wider access. The portal will help to enable outcome based skilling, provide job listings, affiliation management and standardised learning delivery through Automotive Skill Hub.
A specially built Eicher Driver Care van, equipped with advanced equipment and skilled staff, was also deployed at the venue to provide services like vision check-up, hearing test, blood pressure, sugar test and further healthcare recommendations free of cost. Various successful case studies on best skilling practices featuring Hero MotoCorp Limited, Sandhar Technologies Limited, Popular Vehicles & Services Private Limited and Nambirajan Foundation were discussed in detail.
Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey said, “Automotive industry contributes 7.5 percent to the overall GDP of the country and through its contribution, it is certain to give a boost to Prime Minister’s vision of making India a $5 trillion-dollar economy. In order to achieve this, it is essential that we train our workforce on the latest technologies and make them future-ready, using best in class infrastructure. I urge the automotive industry to focus on an effective outreach program and mobilize youth in India for skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling programs in collaboration with Skill India mission.”
Rajan Wadhera, President SIAM, said, “To boost skilling in the automotive sector, there needs to be a consolidated effort from industry leaders in providing training to personnel at various levels. At the same time, impetus by the government is of vital importance to build an aspirational automotive skilling ecosystem. Such initiatives help to mobilise various stakeholders and provide a common platform wherein by sharing key insights we can deliberate and find solutions for various issues being faced in skilling the workforce.”
Manish Kumar, Managing Director & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) said, “Making skilling aspirational is an essential task undertaken by NSDC and to promote it in the automotive sector, ASDC is working diligently to skill and up-skill the nation’s workforce. The key insights derived basis various industry-specific case studies have been critical in highlighting the effectiveness of boosting skilling at multiple levels with the help of apprenticeship.”
Nikunj Sanghi, Chairman, ASDC, said, “This programme is a step in the direction of integrating the perspectives of different stakeholders to create a consolidated strategy which can boost skilling in the automotive sector. We at ASDC are committed to becoming a benchmark in the ecosystem which the government is trying to create in skilling India.”