two-year hiatus owing to the pandemic, the Automotive Skills Development
Council (ASDC), India's first sector skill council for automobile industry
successfully organised skill-oriented brainstorming ASDC’s Partners Forum –
was inaugurated by Rajesh Aggarwal IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson National Council for Vocational
Education and Training (NCVET), Ved Mani Tiwari, COO and acting CEO, National
Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) were also present on the occasion as Guest
of Honour. ASDC launched a career guidance book for the students by which youth
can get in-depth details about the opportunities in automobile sector. The new
trends of 3D printing and robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and
digitisation are changing the automobile industry drastically, and creating new
Aggarwal, President of ASDC, in his welcome address said, “The Indian
Automotive industry today is at the forefront of global industry practices,
both in terms of adoption of the latest technology as well as fostering
innovations through integrating safety and performance of vehicles produced in
India. The industry stands tall in supporting the initiatives of Honourable
Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
order to continue its leadership position, it needs a constant source of
skilled manpower as well as focus on upskilling and reskilling of its existing
workforce. The theme for this year’s Partner Forum 2022 is “Sahayogita se
Atmanirbharata” which sums up the need for collaboration of all stakeholders –
industry, government, training institutions and potential candidates to
collaborate; this is what we believe will have a significant contribution in
building Atmanirbhar Bharat,” Aggarwal further added.
Aggarwal, Secretary, MSDE emphasised reskilling the roadside mechanics and
appreciated the ASDC’s initiative for globally competent trainers with dual
is pertinent that we promote AR-VR-based skill training for the automotive
sector, imbibe the culture of learning, and focus on multiskilling, as these
initiatives will empower our youth and promote nation-building,” said Aggarwal. He further emphasised on the need for a
dynamic skilling environment, exposure to industry requirements (reskilling,
upskilling) and NSQF alignment with industry needs.
will work closely with the Armed Forces in the implementation of the Agnipath
scheme as the country prepares a future-ready army of young Indians. Some
skills learnt on the job will have direct equivalence with National Skills
Qualifications Framework (NSQF) syllabus and Agniveers will be given Skill
India certification while in service,” he stated.
of NCVET said that council is working closely with All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC) and Sector
Skill Council for making excellent skill ecosystem. “We have developed and
recognised 16 different QPs that align with NSQF. All the QPs like AI,
robotics, IOT, cyber securities etc are dedicated for the industry 4.0. We have
also recognised two days micro skilling training that will help the young to
get skill certification”, he noted.
Mani Tiwari, COO and acting CEO of NSDC stated, “The demographic dividend for
India is at its peak right now. Our trainers will need to be trained in the
delivery of content using digital technologies and digital content. We must
restructure our job descriptions to better reflect the demands of the modern
workplace. A nation that is skilled and empowered will be the result of the
introduction of a digital ecosystem for skilling and livelihood, as well as the
establishment of e-laboratories”.
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