Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), the sole sector skill council in India supported by the Indian automobile industry, announced the nomination of F R Singhvi as its next President.
Concurrently, Vinkesh Gulati has been appointed as Vice President. These appointments come as ASDC marks its biennial leadership transition at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday.
With over 39 years of professional experience and a background as a Chartered Accountant, F R Singhvi is the co-promoter and the Joint Managing Director of Sansera Engineering Ltd. Over the years, he has been actively driving initiatives at the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA), where he leads Pillar-3 programmes encompassing ACT, Skilling and Mentoring, HR, YBLF and representing ACMA in ASDC Governing Council.
F R Singhvi's appointment as President follows the tenure of Vinod Aggarwal (President SIAM and MD & CEO, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd), who has played a pivotal role in steering its growth over the past two years. His achievements during his tenure include launching the National Automotive Olympiad, facilitating over 1lakh apprenticeships through NAPS, and increasing ASDC's outreach to all corners of India by organising job fairs for communities in remote areas. ASDC has also expanded its perspective to span CSR initiatives, electric mobility programmes, and leveraging prestigious industry events.
Singhvi said, 'I have been part of ASDC and excited to lead in its endeavours to skill, upskill, and reskill the personnal within the automotive industry. ASDC has grown into a vital institution, significantly contributing to the auto sector through its various skill-based initiatives.'
Vinkesh Gulati said, 'ASDC has built a strong foundation over the years. We have achieved significant milestones, with robust industry and ecosystem engagement. Notable accomplishments include our collaboration with GIZ GmbH to launch the E-Bus Up School Capacity Building Program, expansion into areas such as EVs, sustainability, safety, and diagnostics, and the revision of our Qualification Packs/curriculum based on insights from over 300+ industry experts. Additionally, ASDC has actively participated in G20 discussions on the future of work.'