Bengaluru: Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) has partnered with Mercedes-Benz India to introduce the all-new electric vehicle (EV) module in its advanced diploma in automotive mechatronics (ADAM) course offered at RV College of Engineering (RVCE) in Bengaluru. MBRDI has also contributed to a high-tech EV lab to upskill the talent pool in the country and support the industry as it transitions towards electric mobility.
Driven by the idea of delivering world-class training, and an opportunity for experiential learning using cutting-edge technology, Manu Saale, managing director and chief executive officer of MBRDI, Shekhar Bhide, vice-president, customer services and corporate affairs at Mercedes-Benz India, MP Shyam, president of Rashtriya Shiksha Samiti Trust (RSTT), and KN Subramanya, principal, RVCE, Bengaluru, launched the one-year upgraded comprehensive module and inaugurated the first-of-its-kind EV lab on the campus.
Speaking at the occasion, Manu Saale said, “The Indian automotive industry is swiftly transitioning from traditional vehicles to EVs. This transformation is projected to be accompanied by considerable changes in technology, manufacturing methods, and consumption patterns. To establish a sustainable and lucrative EV environment, a strong and future-ready workforce is crucial.
Saale added that through this enhanced program and with access to an EV lab, they are looking forward to providing an immersive and experiential learning opportunity with the hope to empower and inspire students to learn and innovate for the future of smart and sustainable mobility.
The EV module will be a part of a 12-month ADAM course, which is a one-of-its-kind public-private collaborative effort aimed at imparting a holistic understanding of the latest cutting-edge EV technologies, at par with global industry standards. The all-new EV lab is equipped with cutting-edge technologies and simulation dynamics of EVs to provide live demonstrations and training to build the talent pool and support the ecosystem.
Bhide said, “Electric is the future, and it is imperative that we drive ahead with upskilling and re-skilling initiatives for our talent pool, making them industry ready and create a robust e-mobility ecosystem. The new enhanced EV module of the ADAM course leverages Mercedes-Benz’s global expertise to impart world-class training to our young generation who is aspiring for an automotive career. There is a need for the present academic curriculum to be in sync with the rapid transition and evolving requirements of the Indian EV Industry. With the introduction of the enhanced EV module, we are addressing this specific requirement to support the transition to e-mobility.”
Regarding its tie up with the RVCE, Bhide said that it was a testament to the company’s commitment to promote a culture of diversity that offered equal opportunities to young aspirants to excel in the field of automotive mechatronics. “We are confident that the introduction of the enhanced EV module jointly with MBRDI will be beneficial, making their skill set highly sought after for the emerging requirements of the automotive industry,” he added.
Automotive mechatronics is a life-cycle activity that involves the multidisciplinary integration of automotive mechanical and electronic systems. This unique course provides vocational competence that enables students to learn modern automotive technology and makes them skilled personnel in the global market.
Shyam, president, RSST said, “We are delighted that the first enhanced EV Module in an ADAM course is introduced at RVCE. As the automotive industry is witnessing a demand for an EV-trained workforce, this module will provide our students with an edge over the competition and create good career opportunities. Since its inception in 2018, the ADAM course at RVCE has met with unparalleled success among the students in our institute who are keen on making a career in the automobile industry. The hands-on, practical training experience has proved to be a boon for their learning as well as job prospects.”
Introduced in 2006, the ADAM course is an initiative by Mercedes-Benz that has been successfully operational in nine technical institutions in various cities across the country. It offers practical insights into the advanced level of systems in the vehicle, awareness about the HV system and its measurements, along with personal and vehicle safety. This initiative has shown 100% results and employability since its initiation. To date, over 1,200 students have benefited from the ADAM course, with many of them achieving successful industry placements.