Industry-academic skills gap is a stumbling block for the auto industry

The Indian automobile market, which accounts for seven per cent of the country’s total GDP, is certainly one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, catering to over 32 million employment opportunities.

As the auto sector expands, it has to grow simultaneously to keep up the pace. In the age of digital disruption and what we call ‘Industry 4.0’, it becomes even more important that we are well aware of the ever-evolving times, where every other day, some practice becomes obsolete.

The biggest challenge therefore lies in training and building an automotive workforce, a complete system that is skilled enough to deftly and effectively accept the call in question and propose solutions to the same, the bottom line of training in the auto industry. Considering the level and latest skills to deal with the updated technology like skill for service of electric vehicles, which is completely different as compared to traditional ICE vehicles. Hence, skilling and up-skilling (training and re-training) is essentially the need of the hour and should become a part of the industry culture.

as the nation wishes atmanirbhartaThe automotive industry also needs to address the various ‘must-know’ and ‘must-do’ solutions to bridge the industry-academic gap which is probably the best way forward.

When it comes to countries like ours and developed countries we are still playing catchup. There are several aspects that need attention, from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) courses with more priority to theory + practical methods, focus on building a tech-savvy skill set and artificial intelligence (AI) courses. ) to focus on knowledge and entrepreneurial qualities. Quality education and employment-ready profiles of the youth of the country provide good results in terms of an academic and industry interaction.

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An amalgamation of learning—practical training through internships or time-bound projects—experience is a demand on priority and should be promoted more at official levels.

Undoubtedly, with innovation and entrepreneurship being encouraged at every level, it is imperative to take it to the grassroots level which can only be done if governments (centre and states), educational institutions and private sector collaborate for a common goal and work in this direction. To remove all the hurdles that come in the way, be it monetary needs, infrastructural needs or there is a need to create a generation capable enough to generate employment, not the frustrated youth who are literate, but with creativity and critical thinking. be lacking.

Also read: What does it take to excel as an Automotive Engineer in India?

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