Pune: The students of the automobile stream of the Symbiosis Skills and Open University (SSOU) will now get a chance to work first hand on a Vento car donated to the SSOU Lab by Volkswagen India as a part of its MoU with the Institute.
The Vento will be used at the SSOU lab for educating students enrolled in the automobile stream. Dr Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited and Dr Swati Majumdar, Pro-Chancellor of Symbiosis Skills and Open University were present for the signing ceremony.
Volkswagen India runs the Volkswagen Academy to create a skilled workforce in areas of manufacturing. The academy works towards creating highly employable workforce through programmes it runs within the Volkswagen Pune Plant and through tie-ups it has with educational institutes.
Symbiosis Skills and Open University is Maharashtra’s first skill development university to offer courses in skill development sector. The skill gap is a reality for companies across sectors in India and it is all more prevalent in the manufacturing sector.
To address the skill gap that companies across sectors in India face, Volkswagen India Academy has handed over the modern Vento to SSOU for its students to have hands-on learning. The Vento will be used to impart training and understanding of car technicalities like electrical systems, vehicle dynamics, safety engineering, strength of material etc.
Dr Andreas Lauermann, President and MD of Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “In order to take the next step towards becoming a global hub for the automobile sector, India needs to acknowledge the skill gap issue and take collective measures by involving all relevant stakeholders. As corporates we are more attuned to the changing market dynamics and have therefore taken this initiative to do our bit to ensure India’s young are prepared with the right set of skills to face new challenges in the auto industry. I hope they directly benefit from this hands-on learning.”
The Vento, handed over to SSOU, was branded in the Think Blue Factory colours, a programme that is concerned with efficiency improvements in production and the expansion of environmentally aware energy supplies addressing all employees at the production facilities of Volkswagen worldwide.
As a part of the Think Blue Factory programme, Volkswagen Pune plant has applied eco-friendly processes and achieved more than 30 per cent reduction by end of last year. The target is to achieve a 45 per cent reduction in impact on environment due to manufacturing processes by 2025.
Dr Swati Majumdar, Pro-Chancellor of Symbiosis Skills and Open University said, “We are pleased to have got an opportunity to associate with Volkswagen again. Through this association with Volkswagen India, the students will get an opportunity to learn and get further knowledge of the automotive industry. We look forward to such academic-industry partnerships.”
Volkswagen Academy and SSOU had collaborated earlier this year to create a module for Volkswagen workmen who have been promoted as front level supervisors to mould them into future team leaders. The focus of the module will revolve around bridging the gap between formal diploma education and actual competency possessing of the participants by developing business communication skills, better in-depth understanding of organisational and manufacturing systems.