Schaeffler India, a leading industrial and automotive supplier, has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to implement a National
University Student’s Skill Development (NUSSD) – recognized project, aimed at providing skills
training to 350 graduating students from Vadodara.
The objective behind this program, which is fully funded by Schaeffler India, is to provide skill
training to graduating college students to enable them to better understand and enhance their job-
The initiative covers training in eight diploma courses – Banking & Financial Markets, Export &Import Management, Hospital Management Services, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, Travel
and Tourism, Pharmaceutical Sales Management and Retail Management.
Selected students will receive classroom training for around 4-6 months at the Schaeffler HOPE NUSSD Training Centres established in three colleges in Vadodara and thereafter will be sent to relevant industries for internships or on-the-job-training for 40 days.
The curriculum aims to empower 300 students through wage employment and remaining 50
students through Startup Community / Entrepreneurship Development.
Speaking about the programme, Ghoshal explained, “For Schaeffler, skilling is not only valuable, but
a viable and long-term plan.
We sincerely believe that the youth are agents of social and economic transformation.
Hence, programmes like these are in line with Schaeffler India’s CSR initiative ‘HOPE’; and our vision of building a nation that is self-sustaining and prosperous by creating a pool of equal opportunities for the youth. It is often noticed that graduates continue to be weak in vocational and applied skills even after they acquire degrees.
Such courses impart skills that make them industry ready and employable. We have been deeply invested in creating opportunities for the youth which will help them secure gainful and skilled employment now and in the future.
Our collaboration with TISS is another powerful step in this direction, enabling students to gain relevant and sustainable employment skills.”
The initiative will provide training to approximately 350 students selected from three colleges in
Vadodara, including Savitaben Chunibhai Patel Fartikuwala Commerce College in Dabhoi, Smt. H C
Patel Arts and Commerce College, Miyagam- Karjan and M.M Gandhi Arts & Commerce College,
Kalol. Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) has been designated as the program implementation
partner for Schaeffler India in Vadodara.
The program is aligned to National University Students’ Skill Development Programme (NUSSD), a
flagship initiative by TISS launched in 2013 to provide job related skill training to college students for employability.
In 2015, the United Nations (UN) Steering Committee on Children and Youth
recognized the NUSSD programme as a “Skill Development Best Practice” in the country.
The comprehensive course curriculum has been designed to develop and inspire the youth from the
less-privileged section of society by imparting knowledge and skills, through new-edge teaching and
learning techniques as well as realistic job experience with the help of internships and community
projects. Moreover, the curriculum focuses on inculcating students with principles of civic
responsibility through its community engagement aspect, and encouraging them to work actively
together in diverse contexts to find realistic solutions to some of India’s most pressing social
By: Murtuza Merchant