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Tata Motors partners with BITS Pilani to launch special automotive engineering programme

Mumbai/Kolkata, Sept 8 : Tata Motors has entered into long-term partnership with Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (BITS, Pilani) to create a platform for a series of technical education programs to build world-class technical skills to not only bridge present skill gaps that prevail in the automotive industry but also to prepare a future-ready organization.

This is a first Industry-Academia partnership for Tata Motors with a leading Institution like BITS, Pilani to develop technical talent at multiple levels in the Organisation.

Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Motors Ltd., and Professor G. Sundar, BITS Director (Off Campus Programs & Industry Engagement), signed a five year MOU, with an objective to ensure the engineering programs are aimed at meeting the requirements of automotive industry.

The first set of programmes to roll-out of this association will be a customised Masters as well Bachelor’s Degree in Technology for Automotive Engineering, which will run across various locations in India.

Speaking on this association, Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Motors, said, “Business landscape is rapidly evolving and to maintain our formidable position in the marketplace, it is imperative that we foresee and plan for a world-class, competent, talented and innovative workforce. We are working closely with various leading Institutions to continuously develop engineering skills not only at the engineering institutes but also within the company. This partnership with BITS, Pilani is a step in this direction, where we design & develop joint initiatives between the industry and academia, plugging in the technology talent gap in the years to come.”

“We are looking forward to pushing the boundaries of learning with this program and are simultaneously gearing up to roll-out more such collaborative tie-ups with Academia to develop industry-ready resources. This also supports the Government’s ‘Make in India’ program, encouraging the Indian Industry to compete at a global platform,” he said.

Speaking on this occasion, Prof. G. Sundar, BITS Director (Off Campus Programmes & Industry Engagement), said, “We are excited to partner with Tata Motors in this uniquely collaborative programme. There is a lot that we can learn from each other. It is a mutually beneficial initiative which will result in exchange of knowledge and of industry practice. At the end of the programme we will have created a talent pool which is ahead of the curve, acquiring advanced knowledge, and narrowing the skills-gap.”

When industry and academia work in tandem to push the frontiers of knowledge coupled with real time applications, they become a powerful engine for innovation and value creation leading to higher economic growth. This initiative aims to bridge the gap of the automotive industry requirements and academics.

The course is designed into two parts – technical orientation delivered through class room sessions and on-the-job training in state-of-the-art engineering, design, manufacturing & customer support facilities in Tata Motors.

Students will be mentored and guided by industry leaders and will also engage with Tata Motors for practice sessions wherein they would work with the Company for six months on significant business projects.

This will help in enhancing their practical knowledge, thus improving their skill levels.

Further to periodic assessment and on successful completion of the programme, a certificate will be awarded jointly by BITS, Pilani and Tata Motors Ltd.

Recognizing the scope to further strengthen its talent base, this partnership will involve Tata Motors’ employees to further develop their skills.

It will help the company to not only build its functional expertise and provide developmental opportunities for its employees, but also contribute to strengthening the industry readiness of the talent stepping out of campuses through curricula building, live projects and various engagement activities.

Under Horizonext, Tata Motors has clearly charted its technology roadmap.

The Company has identified areas of excellence and to meet these requirement, it plans to create talent pool and be the destination for automotive engineering professionals.

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