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SIT, Pune signs MoU with Bajaj Auto Limited around the company’s CSR initiative, Bajaj Engineering Skills Training (BEST)

Reputed automotive manufacturing company, Bajaj Auto Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) to setup Bajaj Engineering skills training (BEST) at Symbiosis Institute of Technology Pune. In this regard, to spread awareness about the BEST programme, a grand event- Leadership Summit of Principals of leading diploma and engineering institutions across Maharashtra and neighbouring cities, held on the 11th of September 2023 at Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune. 

The Leadership Summit proved to be an enriching platform where leaders from various educational institutions converged to discuss and explore innovative initiatives that can shape the future of engineering education. As the summit’s chief guests,  Dr. Ketan Kotecha, Director, Symbiosis Institute of Technology, and Mr. Sudhakar Gudapati, the CSR Head of Bajaj Auto Limited, Ramesh Head Skilling, CSR Bajaj Auto LTD.  graced the event. The principals and leaders of around 30 institutions participated in the event and more than 60 diploma institutions are keen to collaborate with SIT for BEST initiative.

Dr. Arunkumar Bongale, the Head of the Robotics and Automation Department, provided information about the courses. Under the BEST initiative, Bajaj Auto Limited’s goal is to build state-of-the-art laboratories with world-class equipment, thus ensuring that the future crop of engineering will possess the enhanced hands-on skills necessary to make them competent and employable in the ever-changing market. The BEST centre will provide advanced skill training to engineering graduates, potential Diploma Trainee Engineers (DTE), or Graduate Trainee Engineers (GTE) and help address the skill gap in the manufacturing industry. 

About the BEST skilling centre , Dr. Ketan Kotecha, Director, Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT) Pune said, “SIT, Pune has always stood for quality education of its students, irrespective of their background. We believe that with BEST more of our students, especially the talented individuals from weaker sections who have to brave systematic societal problems regularly, would receive a better opportunity to enhance their skills and become competent professionals in today’s competitive world. Our legacy has always been about finding the synergy between inclusivity and educational excellence, and this MoU encapsulates exactly that preoccupation of the institution. We hope to touch more and more lives in the future by being an active part of CSR initiatives such as these, thus carrying our legacy of excellence ahead.

Mr. Sudhakar Gudapati, the CSR Head of Bajaj Auto Limited, said , “

Bajaj Auto is committed to bridging the skills gap in the manufacturing industry. As part of this commitment, the company is collaborating with top universities and engineering colleges to set up training centers where students can get hands-on experience and learn advanced manufacturing skills

Mr. RameshV, Head Skilling CSR,Bajaj Auto LTD. said “Bajaj Auto will provide the training centers with the necessary equipment and fund the operational expenses in the initial phase. The training will focus on four critical modules: mechatronics, motion control and sensor technology, robotics and automation, and industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

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The courses under the MoU will provide the trainees with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience they need to be employment-ready. The curriculum is aligned with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and focuses on future-centric topics such as mechatronics, robotics and automation, industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, manufacturing improvement systems, and motion control and sensor technology. In addition to the training, students from weaker backgrounds will have the opportunity to strengthen and practice the skills they learn.

To conclude, the industry-centric thrust and social awareness inherent to the MoU reflect the core values of SIT, Pune, and following its long-standing legacy of excellence, the institution is resolved to be part of more initiatives of the likes of BEST, which would set forth a new set of future leaders in the industry, who would be the harbinger of innovation and an improved way of life.

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