The Times of India: May, 2015
Chennai: Maruti Suzuki India has announced that it will scale up its skill development activities by setting up Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres (ASEC) at 45 government-run Industrial Training Institutes across the country.
Each of these centres will be equipped with a model workshop to provide practical training. Together with this, the company will also appoint full-time trainers, provide tools and equipment and forge partnerships with local Maruti Suzuki service workshops to upgrade skills of ITI students and make them job-ready.
This will be a corporate social responsibility project of the company. Maruti Suzuki has committed Rs 5 crore towards this cause.
Nearly 2,100 youths are expected to benefit from these ASECs annually. The trainees will be free to seek employment in any workshop, including those not servicing Maruti Suzuki vehicles.
The ASECs are being set up at designated ITIs in Jammu, Srinagar, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Yamuna Nagar, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Dehradun, Dewas, Durg, Jabalpur, Surat, Godhra, Ankleshwar, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Karimnagar Vijayawada, Kochi, , Kozhikode, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram among others.
Pankaj Narula, executive director (service), Maruti Suzuki, said, "With the growth in number of vehicles on roads, quality repair and maintenance offers a major employment opportunity. Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres will provide hands-on experience to trainees and make them capable of quality service and repair of vehicles."
In addition to the ITI curriculum, the students will be given 50 days training by MSIL trainers in areas related to car service, repairs and maintenance. Students trained at the ASECs will be awarded an additional skill training certificate.