The Automotive sector in South Asia has been showing increasing demands and in need of latest technology. The increased purchasing power, customer tastes & awareness of technology and higher density of population in South Asia Region, makes an ideal forefront for engineering knowledge growth, learning and societal development, in general. For an organization like Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), it is an opportunity to grow and let people grow. This necessitates having an Automobile Division (Centre) outside UK, to address a bigger pocket of Engineers linked to Automotive engineering. India is having higher volumes (as compared to other countries in SAR) and City of Pune is known base for Engineering education, automobiles and have concentration of Major Automotive Manufacturers (Passenger cars, Commercial Vehicles, Two Wheelers) like Tata Motors, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Bajaj Auto, Mahindra, etc. and their Tier I / Tier II suppliers.

We, IMechE proposed to have Automobile Division in India. Pune would be a model city to have Automobile Division center (outside UK) for sharing knowledge to automobile engineers and other engineering fraternity, propagate IMechE movement and capture larger section of potential members. In future, this center will support all South Asia Region countries (SAR) - Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, etc. & explore membership potential; to have one operational umbrella. IMechE India and its automotive panel has matured to take up higher role and can consolidate IMechE position in SAR with the formation of such Center. The Automobile Division will be subset of IMechE India Branch and parent Automobile Division of IMechE – UK. Additionally, activities pertaining to the formula car racing events can be concerted for SAR. As an initial business plan, this automobile division will engage in events/activities such as –

* Lectures, seminars, Workshops for Automotive population (Members and non-members)
*Technology Symposiums – Zonal, National, SAR and possibly at Global level
*Automobile engineering Activities in all SAR countries
*Volunteers’ meet and Management Board meetings
*Industrial Visits & Tours
*Formula car racing events and co-ordination
*Visits to UK for alignment, directives and awareness
*Organize visits of Chair/officials of Automobile Division of HQ
*Support & take forward HQ initiatives in SAR member countries

Mahesh Shinde (Fellow & CEng, IMechE):
Chair, Automobile Division (Centre)
Secretary, IMechE India Branch and of Process Division, IMechE India

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