Strengthening its commitment to promote 'Skill India', Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) along with Ganpat University, on Wednesday organised a ‘Certificate Ceremony’ for the first batch of students from Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) at Mehsana, Gujarat.

The Maruti Suzuki-supported institute gave the 'Certificate of Course Completion' for 254 students for skills in Japanese manufacturing practices and processes, the company said.

The certificates were awarded by Ryoji Noda, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, and A K Tomer, Executive Director, Maruti Suzuki India.

"Skill development at JIM is focused on employability. Besides the core technical skills, we groom the students in Japanese manufacturing practices and processes that are very important for a person to succeed in today’s growing automobile industry," Ayukawa said.

Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing at Ganpat Vidyanagar, Mehsana, is part of Maruti Suzuki’s corporate social responsibility initiative for skill development. Maruti Suzuki has invested over Rs. 6 crore in the institute.

The institute is a result of the collaboration between the governments of Japan and India to create a pool of 30,000 skilled manpower for manufacturing in India.