Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) today signed agreements with four different entities for enhancing its capacity and capabilities in providing learning modules and meet global standards. ASDC, which is an industry-led initiative promoted by ACMA, SIAM and FADA jointly with NSDC and the Centre, signed MoUs with ELECTUDE International, the International Motor Institute of UK, MGR University and Centre for Polytechnic and Advance Training in Chennai. "These MOUs will enable ASDC to enhance its capacity and capabilities in providing variety of learning modules and International level certifications for automotive servicing and curriculum building along with the training of the faculty to meet the needs of the global standards," the body said in a statement. ASDC President Vinod Dasari said keeping in mind the ambitious targets for the second Automotive Mission Plan (AMP) from 2016-2026 it was necessary for the industry to have skilled workforce. Under the AMP 2016-26, the government and automobile industry have set an ambitious target of increasing the value of output of the sector to up to Rs 18.89 lakh crore. The plan also aims to propel Indian auto sector "to be the engine of 'Make in India' programme, contributing in excess of 12 per cent of the country's GDP. It also aims at creating 65 million direct and indirect job by the sector in the next decade, which will be over and above the 25 million additional jobs created in the previous decade. "These expectation and targets can only be fulfilled with increasing stream of highly skilled workforce in the area of manufacturing and services pertaining to the auto sector," Dasari added. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy High Commissioner UK Bharat Joshi the success of British manufacturing was mainly due to the high level of skilled manpower and highly effective system of skill development institutionalised in the UK making it an ideal partner for India. Tamil Nadu Labour Secretary P Amudha lamented that the state despite having 539 technical training institutes and more than 400 ITI institutes, which churn out 1.5 lakh students every year, but the industry still found it difficult to get properly trained people. "This difference can only be bridged by improving the quality of the training," she added.