The event aimed to underscore the pivotal role of skill development and attract young talent to the industry, with ASDC making a significant impact through its two stalls.
ASDC’s stalls at the expo focused on various aspects of electric vehicle (EV) technology, including EV battery manufacturing, battery safety, recycling processes, and EV charging and battery swapping. Distinguished figures such as Dr Pawan Goenka (former president of ASDC) and Vinkesh Gulati (VP of ASDC), along with other industry veterans, visited the stalls, indicating the industry’s acknowledgment of the importance of skill development.
Mr FR Singhvi, President of ASDC and Joint Managing Director of Sansera Engineering Pvt Ltd, highlighted the expo’s alignment with PM Narendra Modi’s vision for a greener India. He emphasized the crucial role of batteries in the automotive industry and projected the creation of over 2.6 million jobs with a USD 35 billion investment by 2035, according to the India Battery Manufacturing Vision.
Vinkesh Gulati, Vice President of ASDC, referred to the Economic Survey of 2023, predicting substantial growth in India’s domestic EV market. With a projected 49% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) between 2022 and 2030, the EV market is poised to achieve an annual sales figure of 10 million units by 2030. Gulati highlighted the establishment of in-house battery pack assembly facilities by most EV Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), leading to new job opportunities for skilled professionals.
Arindam Lahiri, CEO of ASDC, stressed the purpose of the stall – showcasing the significance of skill development for the EV industry and attracting young professionals. He emphasized the need for industry outreach to academic institutions and expos, providing exposure to the exciting prospects within the automotive sector. ASDC aims to bridge the industry-academia gap by involving faculty members in industry experiences and fostering regular interactions with students. The stall displayed various skilling initiatives and programs designed to address skill gaps in the automotive industry.
ASDC also underscored the importance of hiring individuals with the right skill levels, assessed and certified by independent bodies like ASDC, to retain talent. The stall addressed challenges in recruitments, including geographical and expectation mismatches, contributing to the ongoing dialogue about the future of skill development in the automotive industry.