Premier institutes launch leadership course for manufacturing sector


New Delhi : With the growing demand for highly-skilled manpower for Indian manufacturing industry, some premier technology and business schools have joined hands Monday to launch a postgraduate programme for executives working in the manufacturing sector.

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The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) has tied up with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Madras to launch the 'Post Graduate Programme for Executives for Visionary Leadership'.

The premier institutes have designed the one-year course with active support from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Japan's International Cooperation Agency.

The first session of the course (2007-08) will commence in August 2007. The eligibility for admission is a first class degree in any branch of engineering along with a minimum of five years experience in manufacturing and related sectors. The course fee would be Rs.500,000.

The programme would include course work at IIM-Kolkata, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Madras. There would also be industry internships, and international and domestic industry tours.

NMCC chairman V. Krishnamurthy said that while India had done well by recording impressive growth in the manufacturing sector, the biggest concern was that of having highly skilled manpower to run the sector.

"The programme is expected to generate 300 visionary leaders in the manufacturing field in the next three years," Krishnamurthy said.

The Japanese Ambassador to India, Yasukuni Enoki, who was present at the launch here, expressed optimism that the programme would enable India to regain its dominant position in the world in manufacturing, which it had enjoyed in the pre-colonial era.

CII president R. Seshasayee highlighted three key challenges facing the Indian industry – development of quality higher education, enabling the manufacturing sector to attract and retain best talent and to develop a critical mass of intellectual property through research and development initiatives.

IIM-Kolkata director Shekhar Chaudhri, IIT-Kanpur director Sanjay G. Dhande, and IIT Madras director M.S. Ananth were also present for the occasion.