The Government of India launched the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan in the year 2013. The aim was to put more than six million to around 7 million electric vehicles on the roads of India by the year 2020. The country committed to achieve about 30 per cent e-mobility by 2030. According to the estimates of the Automotive Mission Plan 2026, this could lead to the creation of more than 65 million jobs in the auto sector alone. In order to realize this, India has finalized a blueprint in order to create a specialized workforce that will support its electric mobility mission. The mission is expected to generate about 10 million jobs.

The blueprint involves creating a skilled workforce which has the electric vehicle expertise in areas like design and testing, sales, services, battery manufacturing and management, as well as in infrastructure to support the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has been tasked with making the program to cater to workforce demands expected to arise from the electric mobility industry.

A specialized curriculum is in the works to cater to workforce demands from the electric mobility industry, says a top official of the ministry. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship would oversee creation of the workforce in a time bound as well as targeted manner. The government has already roped in stakeholders and related sector skill councils, such as automotive and power as well as the director general of training for the program keeping in mind the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. The primary plan is to get all related initiatives on to one platform in order to achieve the desired results.

The process of making EV occupational standards has been started in partnership with the Automotive Research Association of India (a Pune-based research body). The first draft is ready and the standards could well be on their way to be formalized by the month of June. They would later be taken up by National Skill Development Corporation team for review as well as approval.

The Central Staff Training and Research Institute (Kolkata based) is developing curriculum for electric vehicle technicians for realizing the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. The Power Sector Skill Council is also working on getting occupational standards for the supervisors, the technician as well as the helpers. These people would be trained exclusively for electric vehicles.

About Saidul Khan

Author at He writes for the The Telegraph. Saidul is an independent journalist and media consultant with SK Media Relations & Communication. He is from India's North East region, a land of magical beauty and bewildering diversity. This is a fascinating region where the mighty Brahmaputra meets the allure of Kanchendzonga, and colorful Naga tribes coexist with benevolent Buddhist monks.