The skills gap between industry and academia is a barrier for the automotive industry


India’s automotive market, which accounts for seven percent of the country’s overall GDP, is certainly one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, providing more than 32 million job opportunities.

As the automotive sector grows, it must evolve simultaneously to maintain momentum. In the era of digital disruption and what we call “Industry 4.0”, it becomes all the more important to be well aware of the ever-changing times, where every other day, one or the other practice becomes obsolete.

The greatest challenge therefore lies in training and building an automotive workforce, a whole system qualified enough to tactfully and effectively accept questioning and propose solutions to it, given the weak education levels in the automotive industry and the latest skills. to deal with updated technology like the skills to service electric vehicles which have a completely different construction than traditional ICE vehicles. Therefore, skills and development (training and retraining) are essentially what is needed now and should be part of the culture of the industry.

As the nation seeks Aatmanirbhartathe automotive industry also needs to address the different ‘must know’ and ‘must do’ to bridge the gap between industry and academia, which is perhaps the best approach moving forward.

We are still playing catch-up with countries like ours and with developed countries. There are several aspects that need special attention, giving more priority to theoretical and practical methods for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses, focusing on building a set of intelligence skills and knowledge artificial intelligence (AI) and entrepreneurial qualities would all yield good results in terms of quality learning and employment readiness profile of the country’s youth, possibly a university and industrial mix.

A fusion of learning – practical training – experience through internships or time-limited projects is the priority demand and should be further encouraged at authoritative levels.

Undoubtedly, innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged at all levels, the requirement is to bring this to the base, which can only be done if governments (central and state), institutions educational institutions and the private sector unite towards a common objective and work in the direction of eliminating all the obstacles that oppose it, whether it is monetary needs, infrastructural needs or the necessity to create a generation sufficiently qualified to create jobs and not the disappointed youth who can read but lack creativity and critical thinking.

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