Mercedes-Benz India, in collaboration with the Govt. Engineering College, Barton Hill (GECBH) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, today, announced the introduction of an Advanced Diploma in Automotive Mechatronics (ADAM) course for engineering college students. This is the third public-private-partnership by Mercedes-Benz India, the previous two being run by two government polytechnic colleges in Pune and Aurangabad, since 2006 and 2009 respectively.
Commenting on the association, Mr. Devdutta Chandavarkar, Vice President-After Sales, Mercedes-Benz India said, “We need qualified, industry-ready professionals for the rapidly growing luxury car market in the country. The prime reason behind starting this course was the scarcity of skilled automobile engineers, especially those who could work on modern cars with latest technology. With this course, engineering students will be trained on Mercedes-Benz cars and will also be awarded the ‘Advance Diploma in Automotive Mechatronics’.”
The MoU for ADAM had been signed between GECBH and Mercedes-Benz India during the ‘Emerging Kerala’ programme, back in September 2012. This initiative is designed specifically to address the growing need for skilled resources in Automotive Technology using the latest state-of-art tools and equipment. The initial plan is to kick-start the course with a single batch of 20 students. MBIL will be continuously involved in planning the syllabus on modern automotive technology, supply of Mercedes-Benz training cars, training of the lecturers and supply of tools and equipment to the students.
Elaborating on the facility setup, Mr. Chandravarkar said, “The ADAM facility has an ultramodern electronics lab, car bay and aggregate training rooms, equipped with Mercedes-Benz training cars, latest engines, gearboxes and e-lab equipment.”
The selection of candidates will be strictly as per merit in an entrance test conducted by the College and Mercedes-Benz India. Engineering degree/diploma holders are eligible to appear for the entrance test. The eight batches of ADAM courses and other five batches of another short term course at Pune and Aurangabad have so far trained a total of 266 students. The first batch of the course will commence from March 19, 2014. Application form and prospectus are available at www.gecbh.ac.in