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Blueprint ready for 10 million e-mobility jobs

Govt plans to create specialised workforce to support its e-mobility mission, which will generate new jobs.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 15, 2019, 11.24 AM IST
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The government launched the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan in 2013.
NEW DELHI: India has drawn up a blueprint to create a specialised workforce to support its electric mobility mission, which is expected to generate 10 million jobs.

The plan involves creating a skilled workforce with electric vehicle expertise in areas such as design and testing, battery manufacturing and management, sales, services and infrastructure. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is preparing the programme to cater to the workforce demand expected from the electric mobility industry.

“A specialised curriculum is being developed to cater to workforce demand from the electric mobility industry,” a top official told ET.

The ministry will oversee the creation of this workforce in a targeted and time-bound manner. The government has roped in all stakeholder ministries and related-sector skill councils, including automotive, power and the director-general of training for the programme. “The plan is to bring all initiatives on one platform to achieve the desired results,” the official said.

The government launched the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan in 2013, aiming to put 6 million to 7 million electric vehicles on India’s roads by 2020. It committed to achieve 30% e-mobility by 2030. The Automotive Mission Plan 2026 estimates the creation of an additional 65 million jobs in the auto sector.
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“We have initiated the process of making EV-specific occupational standards in partnership with the Punebased Automotive Research Association of India,” said Arindam Lahiri, CEO of the Automotive Skills Development Council. The draft is ready and the standards could be formalised by June, after which they would be taken up by the National Skill Development Corporation’s standards team for review and approval, Lahiri said.

The Kolkata-based Central Staff Training and Research Institute is developing the curriculum for electric vehicle technicians. The Power Sector Skill Council is working on four occupational standards for supervisors, technician and helpers who would be trained exclusively for e-vehicles.
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