19 February, 2010
Tata Motors intends to set up more such institutes in other states
The Government of Punjab and Tata Motors today announced the formal inauguration of the Punjab State Institute of Automotive and Driving Skills (SIADS), at Mahuana in the Muktsar district of the state. The driving institute was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. Mr. P. M. Telang, Managing Director (India Operations), Tata Motors, other senior officials from Tata Motors and the company’s subsidiary, TELCON, were present at the inauguration.
The institute has been set up in an area of 14 acres. The state government has invested about Rs. 15 crores towards creating a modern complex, testing track, computerised driving test and hostel facilities, besides providing the land and infrastructure. Tata Motors and TELCON have invested about Rs. 2.75 crores in providing support in the form of designing course content, technical assistance and know-how, guidance, vehicles and earth moving equipment, training aggregates and teaching aids. The training aims at developing the right attitude for safe driving and road safety among learners. The Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training of the state government has provided instructors for all the Industrial Training courses. The institute is being operated and maintained by a Society set up for the purpose, and will be self sustaining.
Tata Motors intends to set up similar driving training institutes in other states in association with the respective state governments.
The objective of the institute is to provide training to the youth of Punjab and, in turn, enhance their employability. The institute has already started training drivers for heavy and light commercial vehicles, buses, passenger cars, off-the-road (OTR) vehicles, earth moving equipment, and also technical training related to trades such as auto mechanics, welding, painting, electrical, electronics and air-conditioning since the last four months. Each batch in a trade has a capacity to accommodate around 32 learners and the module is designed for 1-2 years depending on the trade whereas for the driving training, the duration ranges upto 3 months.
About Tata Motors
Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of Rs. 70,938.85 crores ($ 14 billion) in 2008-09. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand and Spain. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 4 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top three in passenger vehicles. It is also the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer and the second largest bus manufacturer. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. (www.tatamotors.com)