Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu inaugurated the ‘Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing’ (JIM), a residential skill training centre at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh.

The Japanese envoy said, “This is the very first JIM in Andhra Pradesh and first JIM by multiple Japanese companies. I am confident that students will make use of the training provided transform themselves as skilled technicians in manufacturing.”

Yoshio Nishida, Director, Kobelco Group, which is the lead company in managing JIM outlined the importance of the centre for the growth of the manufacturing sector and outlined its the features of Sri City-JIM.

Experts from the Sri City based Japanese companies Kobelco Group (as lead player), Isuzu Motors India, Nippon Seiki, India Metal One Steel Plate Processing (IMOP), Kikuwa India, MCNS Polyurethanes India and Aisan Auto Parts India (AAI) will give hand-on-training to students with classroom learning.

The JIM scheme was initiated as a collaborative programme between the governments along with Japanese companies to create a pool of skilled manpower for manufacturing units in India.

This partnership scheme aims at imparting training to 30,000 Indian youth in Japanese Manufacturing Soft skills. Eight JIMs are already functioning in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka .

The JIM is aimed at imparting training and skills in the manufacturing sector and later get engaged with various firms.