In a development that will help bridge the skill gaps in the fast growing rubber and tyre sector in India, Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC), the sector skill council for rubber in India, has signed an MoU with B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University, Chennai, for dual certification in Rubber Technology to Mechanical, Automobile and Polymer Engineering students.
The MoU was exchanged between Vinod Simon, Chairman, RSDC, and Dr. V. Murugesan, Registrar of the University, in the presence of Vice Chancellor of the University, Heads of Departments and students.
“The collaboration focuses on imparting education for rubber sector, rubber skills training and certificate programmes in rubber technology to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in rubber industries”, said Vinod Simon.
“This association with RSDC will provide the benefit of dual certification offered to engineering students pursuing Polymer Technology, Chemical and Automobile Engineering”, said Dr. Murugesan.
According to the MoU, RSDC will aid the university with skill based curriculum, industry internships, assessment & certification and placement of students.  After successful completion of the course, the students will receive nationalized certificate of Rubber Technologist from RSDC, NSDC and Government of India along with their B. Tech or B.E degree from the university.
The Rs 800 billion rubber and tyre sector in India is highly employment intensive. Over 5,500 rubber products manufacturing units in the country manufacture 35,000 different products providing employment to approx. 2 million people. However the sector is grossly deficient in skilled workforce.
Such tie-ups of RSDC with the academic institutions are aimed at making the degree course skill oriented and the youth employable, eventually leading to a reduced skill gap in the rubber industry.
Rozgar Mela: With a view to creating awareness about skilling and emerging job opportunities in the rubber sector, RSDC recently organized Rozgar Mela at Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. The Mela was organised in collaboration with one of RSDC’s key training partners, Swami Ambrish Chetanya Sewa Samiti (SACSS).
Inaugurating the Mela, the Chief Guest and State Minister Surya Prakash Meena said: “Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) is a great initiative to upskill the youth in the country. Skill India Mission is focused on increasing employability in those areas which have remained undeveloped so far.”
“Rubber is a growing and highly employment intensive sector in India. The purpose of the Rozgar Mela was to reach out to the youth at the grass root level in regional areas and apprise them of several job options available to the skilled personnel in the rubber sector”, said Meghna Mishra, CEO of RSDC.
Over 200 students were shortlisted in the first round of interview at the Rozgar Mela which was attended by over 1,000 students. The Mela was conducted for the students who were trained in job roles for Compression Moulding Operator, Rubber Product Assembler, Tyre/ Tube Repair, Tyre Fitter, and Tyre Moulding Operator.
The Mela gave an opportunity to several tyre dealers and rubber products manufacturers to recruit trained personnel while benefiting students to get exposure to the sector.