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Maruti Suzuki Team sweeps medals at the India Skills Competition 2018

New Delhi, October 10th, 2018: Team Maruti Suzuki emerged triumphant at the recently held India Skills Competition-2018 in New Delhi.

Participants trained at Maruti Suzuki Training Academy, (MSTA) Gurugram, under the Company’s Skill Development program took away Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the competition for Auto Body Repair and Car Painting skill categories.

In the Auto Body Repair category, Suraj from Uttarakhand picked the Gold medal, while Sajad Ansari from Jharkhand bagged the Silver medal, Kunal Saini from New Delhi won the Bronze medal. All these winners sharpened their skills at MSTA over the past 5 months.

In the Car Painting category, Govind Kumar Sonkar from Maruti Suzuki dealership in Kanpur, Prakash Sharma, an apprentice at Maruti Suzuki and Tony Joseph from Maruti Suzuki dealership in Kerala won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, respectively. These participants also have been trained at the state-of-the-art MSTA.

The Gold medal winners will now represent India at the World Skills International Competition to be held in Kazan, Russia in 2019.

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Anant Kumar Hegde felicitated the winners at a grand ceremony in Delhi.

MSTA is the in-house training arm of Maruti Suzuki that focuses on skill development of both its employees as well as of its business partners – vendors and dealers. Through MSTA, MSIL identifies skill gaps and prepares people for future business opportunities by empowering them with relevant skills.

Congratulating the winners Mr. Rajesh Uppal, Senior Executive Director (HR & IT) Maruti Suzuki, said It is a proud moment that the team will represent our nation on a world platform in two of the niche automobile skills – Auto Body Repair and Car Painting. My sincere compliments to Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the team at National Skill Development Corporation for organising this world class event. I am happy that the participants have excelled from the training provided at Maruti Suzuki Training Academy. We will work further with these winners to prepare them for the World Skill Competition 2019.”

Maruti Suzuki works with over 110 ITIs across the country to provide quality training programmes covering all manufacturing trades. It has set up Automobile Skill Enhancement Centres (ASECs), which are model workshops for practical training using latest tools and equipment, across 73 tie-up ITIs.

In 2017-18 the Company developed a benchmark skill development institute, Japan India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM), as part of a joint initiative by the Governments of Japan and India.

India Skills Competition 2018, is organized by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). In its third year the biennial event saw over 400 participants across 27 states compete across 60 Skills categories.

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