Rural Talent atToyota Kirloskar Motor shines in India skills 2021 Competition Winners to represent India at WorldSkillsShanghai 2022



Bangalore, January 13, 2022:National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) hosted the 2021 edition of India Skills 2021 Competition in Mechatronics andPrototype Modelling Skillsat the premises of Toyota Kirloskar Motorin Bidadi.

Mr. Akhilesh Babu and Mr. Karthik Gowda in Mechatronics andMr. LikithKumar in Prototype Modelling Skills from TKM representing Karnatakahave bagged first place in the competition.These winnerswill be undergoing rigoroustraining at TKM including in other specialized centers, and the best performer will represent India and puttheir skill to test in the World Skills Competition 2022, which will be held in Shanghai, China.

Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer, NSDC said,India Skills Competition aims to create a pool of talented and skilled workforce, who will fuel the economic growth of the country in the future. The competition offers a national platform to the youth and exposure to global training standards. It is a step towards discovering the power of skills and making vocational training aspirational for the youth.”

Sharing his thoughts on the competition,Mr. G. Shankara, Vice President, HR and Services, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “At TKM, we understand that in a rapidly changing industry like ours, we need to equip students with the knowledge and skills that are aligned with the industry requirements. Towards achieving this goal,TKM is committed to build a self-reliant and globally competitive value chain through tremendous efforts and investment in human development which stems from Toyota’s belief that people are the most important assets. This isin alignment with our mission of ‘Producing Happiness for All’ by sharing our know-how and developing youth into world-class technicians.TKMstrongly believes in promoting skill development which is the backbone for realizing Aatmanirbhar Bharat. We thank NSDC and ASDC for providing TKM an opportunity to host the IndiaSkills Competition 2021 in Mechatronics and Prototype Modelling Skills.”

Witnessing over 2.5 lakh registrations, IndiaSkills 2021 began with district and state-level competitions in August-September 2021. IndiaSkills 2021 Nationals brought together more than 500 participants from 26 states/ union territories, covering 54 skills- cyber security, autobody repair, cloud computing, water technology, health and social care, welding, among others. This year, 7 new-age skills were introduced to keep up with the emerging technologies—robot systems integration, additive manufacturing, digital construction, industry 4.0, renewable energy, mobile applications development, and industrial design technology.

TKM participants have won one bronze medal in 2017 and three Medallion of Excellence (2015, 2017and 2019) in Prototype Modeling and Mechatronics category in the previously organized World Skills competitions. With a mission to impart skill training to the aspiring youth from across the country, TKM trainers have conducted boot camp training to further enhance their skill sets.