Pune: The 3rd SIAM Automotive HR Conclave 2015 discussing ‘Make in India: Leveraging Human Capital’ was organized today at Pune. The HR conclave was designed to inspire the Auto Industry to explore how people power will contribute to “Make In India” in Indian Automotive sector. The Indian Auto Industry has come a long way in the past two & a half decades, catapulting India to a global platform. India has become the sixth largest producer of passenger vehicles, 2nd largest two wheeler manufacturer and second largest medium & heavy bus and truck manufacturers globally.
Despite several challenges of manufacturing in India the automobile industry has responded and emerged as the growth engine of India’s industry. It has played an important role in the development of India by contributing 7.1% to the GDP, 27% of Industrial GDP & 47.3% of manufacturing GDP. If one looks at the head room, considering the low level of penetration of automobiles India is still optimistic about the future expansion potential and growth. The prominence of this sector is not limited to domestic market but also gaining momentum in global strategy of Global OEM’s.
Any future growth of the automobile industry will depend highly on its workforce. The industry is making several efforts to ensure that the industry gets quality human capital. Automobile industry’s approach to human capital has been to expand the available human pool so that the industry can move from fishing to farming. To this effect many of the OEM’s have taken up the responsibility of managing the ITI’s all over the country, which has now started giving dividends not only to the automobile manufacturers but also contributing to the general human capital pool. Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and Federation of Automotive Dealer Association (FADA) has also come together to set up the Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) which has focused on developments of automotive occupational standards, supporting training institutes, evaluating the trainees and national level certification program. The industry is doing pioneering work in the area of human capital development and expects to leverage the resources to contribute to the nation building.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Gurpratap Boparai, Member SIAM Executive committee & CEO, FIAT India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. Said, “The Conclave brought together all the stakeholders of the Automotive industry and the deliberations generated a lot on interesting ideas and insights on how HR challenges can be overcome to contribute to the success of ‘Make in India’. The discussions were highly involving and the participation from all the professionals gathered was very encouraging”.
Mr. Nikunj Sanghi, Past President, FADA & MD, JS Fourwheel Motors. In a statement said, “It is an excellent platform to build synergies between the entire value chain of the automotive sector which is vendors, manufacturers and dealers. It helps in bringing focus to Human Capital which is probably the most critical factor making ‘Make In India’ possible”.
Mr. Deepak Jain, Chairman – ACMA Committee on HR, IR & Skill Development & MD Lumax Industries said “The 3rd Automotive HR Conclave has made a unique platform for all the participants to network and share their perspectives. The need for HR to act as an enabler for make in India is critical. To have success of HR in an organization, “Right Deployment of Human Capability” is the KEY. For this, right leadership, HR processes and KRAs should be imbibed in the system and most importantly, people connect and communication is must for make in India to become a reality.”
The conclave was attended by more than 200 HR professionals and students from local institutions.
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