Technik Ausbildungs Programme, (Technical Education Programme in German) facility was inaugurated at the new Padappai campus of Hindustan Institute of Engineering and Technology near Chennai this morning.
This is consequent to the MOU between the German auto manufacturer and HIET on June 16, 2011. This programme has been embarked upon by the VW group to bridge knowledge gap in the minds of students (read prospective employees) regarding academics and practical requirements of the industry. This programme will also ensure that, following the intensive training from the VW Group, students will find ready placements with the dealer fraternity of the VW Group.
Dietmar Hildebrandt, Director – Group Service, Volkswagen Group, Dr Anand Jacob Verghese, Director and CEO, Hindustan Group of Institutions, Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan Group of Institutions participated along with a number of dealers from the group comprising of brands such as Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen and Porsche.
Addressing the gathering, Hildebrandt said: “This programme will involve direct training of students by the technical personnel of the VW Group. Thus students will know the exact technical specifications of the VW Group automobiles as also gain insights into the common after-sales service requirements of the various models. Thus the academic inputs are supplemented with industry-specific training, making the students readily employable. Thus the students will find ready employment with over 200 nationwide dealers of the VW Group. The dealer fraternity will also find brand-specific and model-specific knowledge and capabilities in their prospective employees. HIET has invested into the physical facility, while VW group are investing into the knowledge areas. We propose to extend this type of academia involvement in 6 other cities of India. The first batch of students will undergo training at the VG- TAP Facility and will do an apprenticeship programme in the various dealerships and service centres of Volkswagen. They will be later absorbed by the company by the end of May 2012".
Dr Elizabeth Verghese, Chairperson, Hindustan Group of Institutions spoke about the need for industry to supplement academic learnings of the students with practical requirements of the industry. She lauded the efforts of VW Group in this initiative and hoped that the students would take advantage of this very unique opportunity.
The Vision of Founder Chairman, Dr KCG Verghese ‘To make every man a Success and no man a failure’ led to the establishment of the Hindustan Engineering Training centre (HETC) in the year 1968 to offer non-formal technical education. In 1980, HETC was renamed as Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology (HIET), which is run by HETC; an educational society registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.The Institution has dedicated itself to provide every individual a conducive environment suitable to achieve their career goals with a strong emphasis on personality development. The college aims to give academically rigorous training environment and quality education with hands on experience beyond the curriculum. In the academic year 2010-11, their students were absorbed by various industries like Ashok Leyland, HCL Technology, Visteon Automotive system, Sutherland Global Solution, VST Motors and more.