The Indian subsidiary of the German luxury automaker BMW has launched an initiative called 'Skill Next'. The initiative has been introduced on the occasion of 11th anniversary of the BMW Group Plant in Chennai in India. Sachin Tendulkar- the brand ambassador for BMW, together with a few students assembled a BMW engine and transmission at the main assembly line of BMW Group Plant Chennai to commemorate the beginning of the project.
Under this initiative, BMW will provide 365 BMW engine and transmission units for learning purposes to engineering and technical institutes at no cost. Other than this, BMW Group India will also deliver the engine and transmission units to campuses of engineering colleges, Industrial Training Institutes and polytechnics at no cost by end of 2018. One interesting thing to know about this initiative is that the handover of demonstration units will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis after due undertakings are submitted by the institutes. The undertakings will be taken to ensure that the engine and transmission units are used inside the laboratories on campuses of the institutes for learning purposes only.
Speaking about the initiative, Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India 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. 'SKILL NEXT', will strongly promote the development of technical competencies in students across the country by enhancing their practical knowledge of advanced automotive technology. This initiative will also contribute in increasing the availability of skilled technical staff required at automotive dealerships in India."
The engines to be handed over to the interested institutes include the state-of-the-art engineering unit, including the BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine and the BMW eight-speed steptronic automatic transmission. The engine currently empowers six cars locally-produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai including BMW 3 Series (320d), BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (320d GT), BMW 5 Series (520d), BMW X1 (xDrive 20d), BMW X3 (xDrive 20d) and the upcoming MINI Countryman Cooper D.
After the handover is done, a 'Train the Trainer' module will be devised for institutes where 40 Aftersales Master Technicians will conduct extensive workshops at BMW dealerships in more than 20 cities. This special module has been devised by professional trainers from BMW Group India Training Centre and BMW Group Plant Chennai. Using detailed training materials, the workshops will be a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on practical sessions. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates from the automobile industry.