Car major Maruti Suzuki India Limited on Tuesday announced that it will set up a first-of-its-kind industrial training institute in Mehsana, Gujarat.
Called Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing (JIM), it will go on stream in August 2017 and eventually train 300 youths per year in technical trades and Japanese shop floor practices.
The JIM will mark the start of a collaboration between the governments of Japan and India to create a pool of skilled manpower for manufacturing in India.
This follows a memorandum of cooperation signed in Tokyo on November 11, 2016 between ministry of economy, trade and industry, Japan and ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, India, for a manufacturing skill transfer promotion programme to train 30,000 youths in India over 10 years.
The JIM will offer seven technical courses – fitter, electrician, welder, mechanic diesel, mechanic motor vehicle, mechanic auto body repair and mechanic auto body painting. All the trades would be certified and approved by NCVT (National Council of Vocational Training).
The JIM will be run and managed by Maruti Suzuki as a corporate social responsibility initiative. In addition to the technical curriculum, the JIM will impart training in the best shopfloor practices such as Kaizen and Quality Circles, based on curricula developed in Japan. Maruti Suzuki has committed an initial investment of R3.2 crore towards setting up the JIM.