Maruti Suzuki India Limited today announced a special higher education scheme exclusively designed for its shop floor technicians. The Company signed an MoU with HSBTE (Haryana State Board of Technical Education) and HISCET (Haryana-IGNOU Society for Community Education and Training) to offer a three year diploma in engineering to its shop floor technicians. The MoU was signed by Mr K.K.Kataria Additional Secretary from Haryana State Board of Technical Education (HSBTE), Mr Mukesh Chadha Member Secretary from HISCET and Mr. Rajesh Uppal, Executive Director, (IT) Maruti Suzuki India Limited. Also, present on the occasion were senior state government dignitaries including Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Principal Secretary-Technical Education Department, Haryana and Dr. Avtar Singh, Director General-Technical Education, Haryana and several senior officials from HISCET and HSBTE. Maruti Suzuki top management was represented by Mr. S.Y. Siddiqui, Chief Operating Officer (Administration) and Mr. M.M. Singh, Chief Operating Officer (Production) graced the signing ceremony.
The higher education programme is titled Gyanuday . The initiative will help to make available manpower with enhanced knowledge and skill-set for meeting the future business needs of the Company.
Sharing merits of the Gyanuday initiative, Mr. S.Y. Siddiqui said, “This is a unique initiative, the first of its kind in the industry, where shop floor employees can acquire an engineering qualification. Usually, higher education opportunities are offered at executive level in corporates. But at MSIL, it will be in the reverse order and a shop-floor technician will get an opportunity to acquire higher education.This initiative will address the career aspirations of the technician colleagues. It is also a significant move to align with the national skill upgradation programme to create a pool of trained and skilled manpower.”
Explaining the benefits, Mr. MM Singh said, “We see this higher education programme as a positive engagement opportunity with our colleagues at the shop-floor. With this initiative, the company has taken a long term career progression view of shop floor technicians. A special team was set up internally to study the demand of industry and the course was designed around those specific manufacturing needs. This is a capability building exercise for technicians at Maruti Suzuki and we are confident many people would benefit from this special initiative. Going ahead, Gyanuday will help us build a talent pool of supervisors for the Company’s future expansion needs.”
Highlights of Gyanuday, higher education programme for technicians
ü Programme designed in-house by a special team who has expertise in handling manufacturing challenges
ü Programme to be available to all technicians working in Gurgaon and Manesar plants, meeting eligibility criteria. Eligibility criteria includes at least 3-year of regular employment at Maruti Suzuki.
ü Programme to offer 3 year Diploma in Engineering through part time classes – in Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics engineering streams.
ü Total seats : 60 seats initially (progressively to be doubled to 120)
ü Selection through an entrance exam on merit basis. Entrance exam to be conducted by HISCET
ü 6 semester, 24 subjects (4 subjects in each semester), 4 practicals. Customised course curriculum and modules
ü Classes 4 days a week
ü Venue for classes: HISCET campus at Manesar (HISCET = Haryana-IGNOU Society for Community Education & Training.
MSIL support to shop-floor technicians:
ü 50% fee to be subsidized by the Company
ü For remaining 50%, interest free loan will be offered to meritorious shop floor technicians by the company
ü Special leave during exams,
Career growth opportunity:
On successful completion of the course with 60% marks of equivalent CGPA, technician will be considered for promotion to supervisor cadre.