Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), the first Sector Skill Council of India, organised ASDC Annual Conclave 2019 on the 24th of July at New Delhi. The conclave focused on bringing industry experts on-board to provide key insights for building a skilling ecosystem by partnering with the industry and making skills aspirational. The program consisted of knowledge sharing panel discussions to provide credible and quality training opportunities in the automotive sector.
The day-long event focused on various panel discussions on industry expectations from the skilling ecosystem, vocational skills institutions and industry training centres’ perspective on challenges and opportunities associated with skilling, and thirdly, the role of the state to mobilize and make skills aspirational in the automotive skilling ecosystem.
In the special keynote sessions by Chief Guest Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India and Mr Nikunj Sanghi, Chairman, ASDC, they welcomed the guests and updated the gathering on the progress made by ASDC. Post which, Skill Gap Study Report was launched by Dr Pandey, which highlighted the skill gap which persists in the automotive industry at various levels. The TCS portal was also launched, which is step in the direction of digitising the automotive skill learning and assessment processes to provide wider access. The portal will help to enable outcome based skilling, provide job listings, affiliation management and standardised learning delivery through Automotive Skill Hub.
The first panel discussion elucidated on the expectations of automotive industry to get the desired skilled manpower and the current challenges around it, which include aspirational, location and quality gaps. The panel comprised of Mr. Arindam Lahiri, CEO, ASDC, Mr Ram Venkataramani, President, ACMA & Managing Director, India Pistons Ltd., Mr Ashish Harsharaj Kale, President, FADA & Managing Director, Provincial Automobile Co. Ltd., Mr. Rajeev Chaba, MD & President, MG Motors and Mr Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President and Global Head – TCS iON.
In the second panel discussion, representatives from the industry and vocational skills institutions presented their viewpoints on the challenges and opportunities associated with the automotive industry. Members of the panel were Mrs Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India, Mr. Rama Shankar Pandey, MD, Hella India Lighting Ltd., Mr. Sanjoy Gupta, Head Customer Service, Mahindra Rise, Mr B V Sudharshan, Director, NTTF and Dr. Dinesh Singh, Chancellor, K.R. Mangalam University.
The third and final panel discussion was attended by various secretaries and joint secretaries of various state skill development mission. During the dialogue, limelight was shed on the challenge of mobilization at various levels when it comes to skilling and consecutively, suggestions were put forward for making skills training aspirational through different state initiatives.Download Presentation