To impart skills related to electric vehicles to create green jobs in the city, the Government of Delhi is working to create the first comprehensive training program for electric vehicle (EV) mechanics.
The course will prepare the manpower required for its thriving ecosystem.
Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) will design an integrated course to train Diploma in Automotive Engineering students to become Electric Vehicle Mechanics.
Each year, 100 students will be trained in basic and advanced training in electric vehicle mechanics and provided with relevant vocational training opportunities.
Today, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between DSEU, WRI India and Hero Electric Vehicles Ltd.
DSEU will undertake the overall design of the program’s course structure and curriculum.
“With its rich industrial experience, Hero Electric will support DSEU in designing course subjects as well as providing practical training and internship opportunities to program students,” the Delhi government said in a press release.
As the knowledge partner, the World Resources Institute India (WRI India) will provide the support required for research, monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
Yasmin Shah, Vice President of DDC Delhi, said, “The Electric Vehicle Mechanics Training Program is the first in a series of short and long-term courses to be launched by the Government of Delhi to become a training hub for electric vehicle workforce in India. The program has laid the groundwork for creating thousands of green jobs in Delhi. “.
Rolling out this much-needed training program fulfills two major priorities of the Government of Delhi i.e. creating a skilled and trained workforce as envisioned in the Rozgar Budget 2022-23 as well as realizing CM Arvind Kejriwal’s vision of making Delhi the electric vehicle capital of India, Shah added.
Delhi has already emerged as the capital of electric vehicles in India by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles through its customized policy launched in August 2020.
Delhi’s electric vehicle policy targets 25% of all new car registrations to be electric cars by 2024 and has already achieved an average of 10% electric vehicle share in 2022.
The upcoming training program developed by DSEU in collaboration with industry stakeholders will create an industry ready workforce to support the multifaceted and rapidly growing EV ecosystem in Delhi.
As Shah said: “The collaboration formalized today is the result of 8 months of extensive research and due diligence of the electric vehicle ecosystem by DDC Delhi and WRI India. Research analysis identified the lack of highly skilled electric vehicle mechanics as a potential skills gap with The growth of Delhi’s ecosystem with the requirement of around 500 new mechanics every year. Making automotive job aspirants qualified for the future in electric vehicle technology will help improve job opportunities so that Delhi’s transition to electric mobility does not negatively impact job generation in the automotive and transportation sectors.”
Prof. Niharika Vohra, Vice-Chancellor of DSEU, said: “The electric vehicle mechanics training program will be informed by evidence-based automotive best practices globally, which is another step by DSEU to create adaptive teaching and learning programs to enable access to ambitious jobs. The industry also ensures that it pays its skilled workforce a premium so that it can create a win-win situation for the youth and the industry.”
Manu Sharma of Hero Electric Vehicles Ltd. said: “We, at Hero Electric, have been waiting for 15 years for such a comprehensive training program for electric vehicle mechanics to be designed and are happy to support their efforts to the best of our ability.”
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