Mercedes-Benz expands Mechatronics programme to Karnataka

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 24 Aug 2018


L-R: Dr K N Subramanya, principal, RVCE, Santosh Iyer, VP, Customer Services and Corporate Affairs, Mercedes-Benz India and Panduranga Setty, president of RVCE, at the inauguration.

Mercedes-Benz India is fast accelerating its skill training programme across the country. The luxury car market leader has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering, Bangalore to conduct its Advanced Diploma in Automotive Mechatronics (ADAM) program.

This is the first such educational institute in Karnataka to conduct Mercedes-Benz India’s mechatronics course and also the first college in entire Southern India to run this course autonomously.

Commenting on the CSR initiative, Santosh Iyer, vice-president, Customer Services & Corporate Affairs, Mercedes-Benz India, said, “Mercedes-Benz’s Mechatronics course has been a flagship programme where we actively support the government’s ‘Skill India’ initiative through a PPP model. This course has been a flag bearer of our commitment towards developing a workforce which is not only high skilled for today’s industry requirements, but also ready for the challenges in the future transition which we foresee. We have been focusing continuously towards making the Mechatronics course more accessible to aspiring and talented students across the country. Towards this, we already have tripled the total intake this year to 240 seats across 8 institutes, both Government and autonomous. We now plan to double the current capacity in 2019 and bring more such reputed colleges under the aegis of ADAM course.” 

“Today there’s a dire need for a distinctive approach towards providing quality technical education to the students in this country, and also to make them employable for the industry. The inauguration of Mercedes-Benz’s first Mechatronics course in Karnataka in collaboration with the RV College of Engineering is a right step towards this direction. We have already received overwhelming response for the course underlying its popularity, and high industry acceptability. We will be continuing our efforts towards this direction and contributing towards making the auto industry ready for its next wave of highly complex future cars,” added Iyer.

L-R: D P Nagaraj, Joint Secretary, RVCE; M P Shyam, MD, Akshaya Motors; Panduranga Setty, President of RVCE; Dr K N Subramanya, Principal of RVCE; Santosh Iyer, Vice-President, Customer Services & Corporate Affairs, Mercedes-Benz India and Srinivas Iyengar, Professor, Florida University.

Dr. M K Panduranga Setty, president, RVCE, said: “Collaborations with a global icon like Mercedes-Benz is a matter of immense pride for us. The ADAM training program will ensure that our students receive quality education along with training and understanding of cutting-edge technology as per the current automotive industry norms. As the technology hub of the country, it is important that we include such courses as a part of the curriculum for the students. We are confident this collaboration will be immensely beneficial for creating successful careers for students in this region. Together we will ensure our students are prepared to become an essential part of the skilled workforce for the industry.”

Rashtreeya Shikshana Samithi Trust (RSST), founded in 1940, ranks as one of the best engineering colleges in India, enabling higher learning emphasising training, skill development and research.

What is ADAM?
The Advanced Diploma in Automotive Mechatronics (ADAM) program is Mercedes-Benz India’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative propagated among students with the help of educational institutions.

The Mechatronics training school at Mercedes-Benz India began in 2006 with the aim of providing trained service personnel and engineers to the industry. To address this requirement, the parent company Daimler AG, Germany along with Mercedes-Benz India and the Mercedes-Benz India dealership network joined hands to start the program and train students to address the requirements of Mercedes-Benz technology and innovation. 

The Mercedes-Benz network is the largest among all luxury automotive manufacturers in India, spread over 45 cities and 93 outlets. The Mechatronics program also provides support to Mercedes-Benz India’s state-of-the-art operations at Chakan, Pune.

The total Investment for ADAM course across all institutions through CSR is Rs 5.5 crore including cars given to the institutes.

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