Rana Das, Chennai: BMW Group plant celebrated it’s eleventh anniversary in Chennai on Thursday. To commemorate the beginning of the project “ SKILL NEXT”,a technical skilling initiative legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was present at the event. The master blaster along with the students from College of Engineering of Anna University launched the project. They together assembled a BMW engine and transmission at the main assembly line of BMW Group Plant.
The project aims to act as a major catalyst in developing automotive talent in the country, “SKILL NEXT” the projects will reach educational institutes and students in every state and union territory across India. Through this initiative, 365 BMW engines and transmission units will be provided for learning purposes to engineering and technical institutes at no cost. This project will also present an opportunity for the new generation engineering and technical students to get hands-on training on advanced technologies of BMW engines and transmission. BMW Group India will deliver the engines and transmission units to campuses of engineering colleges, Industrial Training Institutes, polytechnics at no cost by end of 2018.
The President of BMW Group India, Vikram Pawah said “ The luxury automotive segment in India has witnessed tremendous growth in the last decade and with the growing number of cars on road, there is a high requirement of good technical talent in the industry.” He further added “ This initiative will also contribute in increasing the availability of skilled technical staff required atr automotive dealerships in India.”
Speaking on the occasion, the God of cricket said Sachin Tendulkar said “I strongly feel that initiatives like “SKILL NEXT” will promote development of automotive engineering skills in our country. It is an opportunity for technical students in every state and union territory to get directly trained on BMW engine and transmission. I could have never played cricket by just reading about it, I had to be hands-on with the game. Similarly, “SKILL NEXT” will make it easier for the students to understand automotive technology through first-hand experience.”