Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is planning to set up an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Mehsana, Gujarat, which will be known as Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing (JIM). The company will open the ITI institute in August, 2017 and will be training 300 students per year. The ITI institute will operate under a collaboration between the Government of India and Japan. Both the governments had earlier signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan (METI) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India (MSDE). Under this MoC, they will promote a “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme” in which 30,000 youths across the country will be trained over the next decade.
Japan India Institute of Manufacturing will be run and managed by Maruti Suzuki as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. The JIM will teach seven technical courses such as Fitter, Electrician, Welder, Mechanic Diesel, Mechanic Motor Vehicle, Mechanic Auto Body Repair and Mechanic Auto Body Painting. Along with this, the student will get training on shop floor practices like Kaizen and Quality Circles. All these courses will be certified by the NCVT (National Council of Vocational Training), New Delhi.
Responsibilities on the end of Maruti Suzuki will include maintaining the facility as per industry norms. The carmaker will also take care of hiring faculty and staff, finalising the curriculum and taking care of operations ranging from admission to placement of students.
Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, MSIL said, “Maruti Suzuki’s Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing in Mehsana will take forward the vision of the two governments to create a pool of skilled manpower in manufacturing in India. This is another opportunity for Maruti Suzuki to participate in the Indian Government’s ambitious “Make in India” and “Skill India” initiatives. Our effort will be to train youths in the best shopfloor practices so that they find ready employment on shopfloors and in workshops.”