Maruti Suzuki to set-up Indo-Japanese training institute at Mehsana (Gujarat)

NEW DELHI | MUMBAI | MEHSANA | AHMEDABAD | RAJKOT – Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, will set-up Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing (JIM)at Mehsana in Gujarat state, further training 300 youth in a year in technical trade and Japanese shop-floor practice, JIM is first of its kind technical training institute, the company press release said.

JIM will offer seven types of technical courses including fitter, electrician, welder, diesel mechanic, motor vehicle mechanic, auto body repair mechanic and auto body painting mechanic, as per the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) certification. In addition to technical curriculum, the JIM will impart training in the best shopfloor practices such as Kaizan and Quality Circles, based on curricula developed in Japan, the press release said.

Maruti Suzuki has committed initial investment of 32 millon (3.2 crore) rupees towards setting up JIM and will run and manage the manufacturing institute, as part of corporate social responsibility, the release said.

Key areas of intervention by Maruti Suzuki would include upkeep of this facility as per industry norms, hiring and training faculty of faculty-staff, finalizing curriculum and end-to-end execution from admissions to placements of candidates enrolled as student to the institute, the press release said.

The JIM will mark the start of a collaboration between the Indian and Japanese government, to create pool of skilled manpower for manufacturing sector in India. This follows the memorandum of co-operation inked in Tokyo (Japan) on November 11, 2016 – Friday, between Ministry of Economy, Trade, Industy – Government of Japan and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship – Government of India (MDSE), vide “Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme” to train 30,000 youths in India over 10 years, the press release said.

“Maruti Suzuki’s Japan India Institute of Manufacturing at Mehsana will take forward the vision of two governments to create pool of skill manpower for manufacturing sector in India,” Kenechi Ayukawa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd was quoted saying in the company press release.

At 12:42 hrs IST, the markets somehow did not cheer the development reported by company, but instead the shares of the company were trading in red on negative counters on two leading bourses in India – Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.

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