Eicher recently inaugurated its new MCKVIE-Eicher Centre for Automobile Technology center, at Kolkata. This new technological center was inaugurated by Mr. Rabi Ranjan Chattopadhyay, Minister for Science & Technology, Technical Education & Training, Govt of West Bengal in the presence of Mr. Vinod Aggarwal, CEO of VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (A JV between Volvo and Eicher Motors) in Kolkata. VE Commercial Vehicles Limited which has formed a tie up has established three world class automobile labs, ITI Kubernagar (Ahmedabad) in collaboration with the Govt of Gujarat is the first one, National Institute of Engineering, Mysore being second and the third one being Mohali as a joint venture with Rayat Bahra Education Group, Chandigarh. The fourth state-of-the-art automobile lab at Howrah has been established with MCKV Institute of Engineering as part of the Industry-Academia model, to ensure students graduating out of this university are on par with industry standards and requirements. This would also suffice the short comings of manpower requirements.
The first batch has 65 students in the current academic year, and hopes to touch 85 students in the next academic year. The students at the Kolkata center are being offered three courses currently they are Degree in automobile engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in automobile engineering and Masters in automobile engineering.
Speaking on this occasion Mr. Vinod Aggarwal, CEO, VECV said, “VECV has pioneered the concept of Industry-Academia tie up and we are extremely delighted to open our fourth centre in Howrah, Kolkata. The institute has been set up as part of the Industry-Academia collaborative model established by us to meet the skilled manpower requirement of the automotive sector. The auto sector which contributes to five per cent of the country’s GDP is expected to be the seventh largest car producer and retain fourth largest position in world truck manufacturing sect by 2016. It is also believed that the automotive sector would double its contribution to the country’s GDP from current levels of 5% to 10%. The Industry is already facing acute shortage of skilled man power, with the automotive mission plan envisaging requirement of 25 million people by 2016. Our Social Responsibility program has been designed to meet this critical gap”.
This focused approach to address the shortage of technologically skilled man power is the main issue addressed by VECV, and to become a pioneer in CV Manufacturer in India.