Govt won’t harm auto industry’s interests: Anant Geete

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Anant Geete said, “Indian automotive industry will have to walk with the rest of the world and change in tune with current times. The government will not adopt policies that are detrimental to the interests of the automotive industry.”

PUNE: Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete, on Friday, assured the auto industry that the government will not adopt policies that are detrimental to the interests of the automotive industry.

Geete was the chief guest at the valedictory session of the three-day Symposium of International Automotive Technology (SIAT 2019) hosted by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

Geete said, “Indian automotive industry will have to walk with the rest of the world and change in tune with current times. The government will not adopt policies that are detrimental to the interests of the automotive industry.”

Geete commended the role of the automotive industry in the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and for its contribution to employment generation. He said the high calibre work, which the ARAI is doing, shows that Indian engineers and technologists are at par with their global counterparts in the area of technology development. 

He released a publication Global Auto Safety Regulation - SIAT 2019 edition and gave away honours for best technical papers on safe, smart and sustainable mobility as well as felicitated the winners of Poster Presentation competition for students.

Dr Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director of ARAI, SRJ Kutty, Senior General Manager, Tata Motors, Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), and AA Badusha, convener of SIAT 2019, were present on the occasion.

Sahasrabudhe said, “The AICTE  is moving towards making the syllabus of engineering education more relevant for industry needs and ensuring the percentage of employability of engineering graduates from the present 25 to 50 or 55. He unveiled the e-learning module on fuel cell technology conceived by the ARAI Academy.”

ARAI organised a Poster Competition on safe, smart and sustainable mobility. Ashwini Kanna from Nutan Maharashtra Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pune, received first prize in Best Student Poster Presentation on ‘Safe Mobility’. Deepak Singh from Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Dwarka, New Delhi, was awarded first prize under the category Best Student Poster Presentation on ‘Smart Mobility’. Binit Patel and S Kishan were honoured with the first prize for Best Student Poster Presentation on ‘Sustainable Mobility’. 

UPCOMING PLANS
- A virtual reality documentary on ARAI’s proposed National Automotive Technology Museum, which the organisation will set up with the support of the Government of India. 
- Urdhwareshe presented an upcoming 110-acre Mobility Research Center of ARAI at Takwe near Pune, which will house state-of-the-art facilities like test tracks, test tracks for autonomous vehicles, tyre and wheel research and development, fire safety research lab, hydrogen and fuel cell technology center, hydrogen dispensing station and cylinder testing facility. 
- It will provide space and support to industry innovators apart from facilitating clean and green energy solutions.

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