NGO FUEL said that it is implementing Castrol India’s CSR programme for mechanics – Castrol Eklavya in Hubli – Dharwad region of Karnataka to provide training and impact 400 mechanics in the region in the first year of operations.
The new mechanic upskilling centre was inaugurated by Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education in the presence of Rekha Pillai – Head CSR Castrol India, Kamal Bali – MD Volvo India, Shrikant Kulkarni – Manager CSR Castrol India; Ketan Deshpande – Founder and CEO FUEL and Santosh Huralikoppi – Chief Mentor – FUEL.
The first training programme saw over 150 independent two-wheeler mechanics across Hubli and Dharwad participating in this initiative in Karnataka. The curriculum of the programme focuses on life skills, practical training, business skills and financial literacy training for mechanics to drive inclusive growth.
Rekha Pillai, Head – CSR, Castrol India said, “At Castrol, we aim to create enduring value to communities in the mobility sector. This new centre will provide mechanics in and around Hubli access to relevant training and skills. We strongly believe that this programme will help to prepare them to face today’s reality and leverage tomorrow’s opportunity in the automotive industry.”
During the launch of Castrol Eklavya center at Hubli, Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe (Chairman – AICTE) said “this is one of the most innovative skill development program I have come across, which is impacting the roadside mechanics. This will enable the mechanics to update their knowledge on latest technologies and soft skills to handle customers positively. This is the program that can be scaled across the country and phenomenally improve the lives of mechanics and their families.”
Santosh Huralikoppi Chief Mentor FUEL said, “FUEL is proud to be associated with Castrol Eklavya Flagship programme positively impacting two wheeler mechanics of North Karnataka region.”