VECV enhances the unique model of industry–academia collaborationsVE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a joint venture (JV) between Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two educational institutes, the SRM University, Chennai and the Ramakrishna Mission Vidhyalaya, Coimbatore as part of its unique industry-academia collaborative model. VECV has already established four centres with state-of-the-art automobile labs at prominent institutes of the country. With the signing of two additional MoUs, the total number of centres set up by VECV now totals six in India.The first centre was set up at ITI Kubernagar (Ahmedabad) in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat. The second was established at National Institute of Engineering, Mysore while the third and fourth were established at Rayat Bahra Education Group, Mohali and MCKV Institute of Engineering, Howrah respectively.The fifth centre will be set up in association with SRM University, Chennai. It is one of the best universities in the country with excellent infrastructure facilities having well established labs, deployment of modern teaching techniques and affiliations with many reputed overseas universities for exchange of knowledge and teaching methodologies. They have their campuses at Chennai, Trichy and Meerut. The automotive centre would come up at their Trichy campus. They will offer ITI/Diploma/Degree/Postgraduate and Doctoral programmes in automobile engineering once the centre is fully established. It will offer R&D facilities to take up research projects for Indian and the global automotive industry in due course.The sixth centre will come up at Ramakrishna Mission Vidhyalaya, Coimbatore, which is affiliated to Ramakrishna Mission, Belurmath, Howrah. It is among the oldest, very reputed institutes of the country and was founded in 1930 with the blessings of Sri Ramakrishna. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It offers vocational training, diploma courses and has 14 educational wings catering to the varied education requirements of the students.Vinod Aggarwal, CEO, VECV, said at the signing ceremony, “The automotive industry is facing acute shortage of skilled manpower with the automotive mission plan envisaging a requirement of additional 25 million people by 2016. The industry-academia collaborative model has been established by VECV as a pioneering initiative in the CV sector to look into this critical gap. The setting up of automotive centres across the country will contribute to meet the growing needs of the Indian CV sector.”"The signing of MoU with two prestigious institutes is a small step in the right direction and we will continue to take such important steps in the future also,” he added.The courses in these institutes will educate students on the latest automobile technology covering modern manufacturing techniques, supply chain management and customer service management. This will help students to be industry-ready on completion of the course and be absorbed in organisations with minimum orientation and training. The automobile labs in these institutes are equipped with modern training aids like dynamic cutaways, practice units, multimedia training aids and technical publications which are both comprehensive and pictorial. They aid in teaching the students the latest in automotive technology and scientific way of repair, maintenance and overhauling of commercial vehicles.