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Toyota Kirloskar Motor joins hands with Alliance University for Faculty and Student Skill Development

Bangalore: In line with its unwavering commitment to contribute to Skill India mission, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), today, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alliance University, a leading Private University in Bangalore, through its training arm – Toyota Learning and Development India. The initiative focuses on sharing Toyota’s best practices with the faculty, bridging the industry-academia gap and equipping the students with employable skills.

Talking about the collaboration, Mr. Abhay G. Chebbi, Pro-Chancellor of Alliance University, said, “This MoU marks the beginning of a long-term professional relationship with TKM. Through this partnership, students will be provided with a platform to get trained in contemporary technologies like electrification, Industry 4.0, and world-class manufacturing techniques, to name a few. Alliance University has been at the forefront of imparting holistic education over the last 25 years. With strengthened industry linkages, students can balance both theory and application, promoting industry readiness.”

“Alliance University is slated to launch programs across its new schools, and what will remain a common denominator is application-based learning, and the University will continue to collaborate with world-class organizations to help students experience the difference through well-crafted training programs designed jointly, enhancing industry-academia interface,” added Mr. Abhay

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anubha Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Alliance University, said, “As we mark the start of celebrations of 25 years of Alliance Education, we are glad to sign an MoU with TKM and look forward to building a framework of a collaborative partnership for deeper engagement.” Dr. Singh spoke about the principle of Genchi Genbutsu, a key principle followed at Toyota, implying the importance of seeing things first-hand, which the partnership with TKM will facilitate for Alliance graduates.

Dr. Singh added that the partnership will aim to develop leadership attributes in the students through the Toyota Way; students and faculty will accumulate Chie – wisdom of experience and imbibe the values that include the mindset of continuous improvement (Kaizen); respect for people and their capabilities.”

Mr. G. Shankara, Vice President, Human Resources and Services Group, TKM, mentioned that “At Toyota, we take care of the holistic well-being of every member by developing their skills, knowledge, and attitude from a mid-to-long-term perspective. Through this initiative, we would like to share Toyota’s best practices with the youth, which will enable them to become skilled technicians.”

“TKM’s skill development centre, Gurukul, has trained more than 35,000 youth since its inception. The company also plays a pivotal role in developing the faculty from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and engineering colleges in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha. This year, TKM has conducted webinars on electrified vehicle technologies for more than 6,000 engineering students spread across 10 states in India. Additionally, it has taken the initiative to develop an ITI in all the 31 districts of Karnataka,” Mr. G. Shankara added.

Under the MoU, the program will focus on developing the faculty and students from Alliance University. Students will be trained based on a semester-wise skill enhancement plan, which includes topics like lean manufacturing principles, automobile technologies, industrial safety, environmental management system, total quality management, supply chain management, automobile welding, car painting, mechatronics, automation and robotics, electrification technologies etc. TKM trainers are certified by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Japan and Asia-Pacific Global Production Center (AP-GPC), Thailand. Further, Toyota Master Class Series and Certificate Courses will also be available to the students to help them hone their skills.

Overview of TKM:

Company nameToyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
Equity participationTMC: 89%, Kirloskar Systems Limited (Mr. Vikram S. Kirloskar): 11%
Number of employeesApprox. 6,000
Land areaApprox. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacityUp to 3,10,000 units

Overview of TKM 1st Plant:

EstablishedOctober 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
ProductsInnova, Fortuner manufactured in India.
Vellfire imported as CBU
Installed Production capacityUp to 1,00,000 units

Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of ProductionDecember 2010
LocationOn the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
ProductsToyota Camry Hybrid
Installed Production capacityUp to 2,10,000 units