Sunil K Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC)
ASDC has been contributing to the success of skilling initiatives in India through active partnership with the training partners assessment agencies, government organizations, NGOs and the industry (manufacturers, retailers, service providers etc). This includes a wide range of skilling programs in design, development, testing, quality, machining, welding, forging, casting, assembly, selling of components, selling of vehicles, servicing of components, servicing of vehicles. Also, a range of driving skills right from two wheelers to heavy commercial vehicles like trucks, buses, taxis, chauffeurs, three wheelers come under the scope of ASDC.
In the present year, we are keen on accelerating the projects that were started last year and embark on new initiatives that would expand our reach and impact. In 2017, we propose to:
- Set up as many as 30 Driver Training Centers as a part of Skill India mission and focus on process, quality and productivity as key our key differentiators.
- Create aspirational pull towards skill based training and jobs and prepare youth for international jobs through certification and counselling for migration. A lot of background work has already been done last year with partner organizations in Europe; this year, we would like to extend that to other countries like the USA.
- Accelerate the pace of industry partnerships on the manufacturing side; during 2016, quite a few centers started operating with industry partnership for example, Toyota, Hero MotoCorp, Sansera Engineering, Sona Steering, and several subject workshops were conducted in Karnataka and Rajasthan.
We have been putting a lot of effort in skilling for higher education through ASDC certification in higher education for manufacturing, sales, services and R&D. This is implemented in collaboration with institutes of higher learning and engineering colleges. The work has already begun at two places, and about 5 more are in the pipeline and our aim is to accomplish 50 collaborations by 2020.