Terumo Penpol, a blood bags manufacturer, is the first medtech company to participate in Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing (JIM) programme.
Overseen by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, JIM was born out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for support to scale up industrial work skills among Indian youth.
The programme targets young students and intends to equip them with ‘monozukuri’ – Japanese term for manufacturing. A one-year internship will increase the employment chances of the trainees.
“The training is intended to create a pool of 30,000 skilled engineering manpower for the Indian manufacturing industry by 2026,” said Kenji Hiramatsu, Japanese Ambassador to India. Terumo was an integral part of Terumo Corporation of Japan. Apart from Terumo, other leading manufacturers, such as Suzuki and Toyota, have also signed up for the programme, according to reports. Their participation contributes to the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ initiatives.