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Private Sector Development

Visionary Leaders For Manufacturing Program (VLFM Program)



Enhancement of the manufacturing sector is indispensable for sustainable economic growth in India.

A growing manufacturing sector is critical to India’s economic growth as this sector can create employment for the large Indian workforce. In an increasingly competitive global environment, the Indian manufacturing sector can not grow on the back of cost arbitrage alone. Therefore, the Government of India set up the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) with the specific objective of providing a continuing forum for policy dialogue to energise and sustain the growth of manufacturing industries in India.

Based on a Joint Statement between Prime Minister of India and Japan in December 2006, the Technical Cooperation Project “VLFM” was launched by JICA on August 26 2007 for 3 years of cooperation term: until August 25 2010. Due to the excellent results and cooperation, this term has been further extended till March 2013.

With strong initiative of NMCC, the Visionary Leaders For Manufacturing Program was launched with assistance from the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICA Expert Prof. Shoji SHIBA, a world-renowned authority in Breakthrough Management and Professor Emeritus, Tsukuba University is responsible for the formulation of the structure and curriculum of VLFM Program. He is the Chief Advisor of the program and personally guides the implementation.

Purpose of Program

Purpose of VLFM is to create Visionary Leaders skilled to transform Indian manufacturing by conveying the management concept of the Japanese manufacturing to the senior and middle managers. For this purpose, VLFM Program highlights the “BIG M” (manufacturing) concept which covers the entire manufacturing eco system from concept creation of new product to after sales service.


VLFM is a Breakthrough Program and is the first of its kind cooperation of the Indian Industry, Academia and the governments of India and Japan. The program Partners include the following:

  • Japanese Government: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Indian Government: National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC)
  • Indian Government: Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)

Uniqueness of Program

1. National Integrated Human Resource Development Program through four(4) courses under the VLFM umbrella

  • To aim national competitiveness development of manufacturing by creating Visionary Leaders who take responsible role in four(4) areas


2. Implementation with collaboration of Government, Industry and Academia

  • National industrial development can not be achieved through industry efforts alone, therefore, collaboration with Government and Academia is inevitable. This recognition leads VLFM as a unique collaborative program among Government, Industry, and Academia.
  • In the Indian government, NMCC and MHRD have taken the initiative for this national program.
  • CII has played a key role in the initiation of this program and is now implementing three of the four courses under the program.
  • Leading Indian academic Institutions, IITK, IITM and IIMC, had resonated with the concept of VLFM and had made efforts for implementation. Now they manage and implement the Opportunity B for middle managers.

3. To develop senior managers who are skilled to lead Indian industry by themselves, especially in an environment of 10 X Change

  • Participants of the VLFM Program bear the following responsibility:
    1. to work in India
    2. to contribute to the manufacturing sector
    3. to engage challenging roles to lead their organizations to growth
  • This means, they are expected to have a high sense of national responsibility backed up by “noble mind”, manufacturing skills and leadership ability than normal MBA courses.

Merit for Japanese Enterprise

This program will make it possible to share the management concepts between Indian Industry which is developing remarkably and the Japanese Industry which will become a merit for penetration of Japanese industry to India. In addition, the Japanese enterprise penetrated to India would gain a great merit by employing the excellent graduates of VLFM Programme.

Course Contents and Implementation Status

VLFM Program provides 4 (four) different courses targeting inclusive human resource development in the area of Indian Industry as follows:


Name of Course Quota Executed by Execution Detail Instructional Mode
Senior Managers Course
(Opportunity A)
Approx. 50 CII
  • Modular system
Cluster training with 5 Modules
In a year (1 week/Module)
  • Skill 70%
  • Lecture 30%
Middle Managers Course
(Opportunity B)
Approx. 30 IIMC、IITK and IITM (Collaborated execution by 3 universities
  • Residential system
Learn the strong point of each university moving between three partnering institute and living together for 1 year
  • Skill 60%
  • Lecture 40%
CEO Course
(Opportunity C)
20~30 CII
  • Random holding
  • 1-2 day course for leaders from the VLFM Companies
  • Sharing of success cases with VLFM concept among CEOs
  • Lecture of prominent CEO
VSME Course
(Opportunity D)
30~40 CII
  • Developing win-win relationship between the Customer and the Supplier
  • Making changes at the Customer before demanding from supplier thus building trust
  • Continuous practical guidance on the shopfloor to implement the changes required
  • Mindset transformation of customers top management
  • Collaborative innovation of supplier's manufacturing process with customer and supplier

Execution Result from August 2007 to End of March 2013

Name of Course Executed by Training in India Training in Japan Graduates Total
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
Senior Managers Course
(Opportunity A)
(in Mumbai and Delhi)
5 Modules
x 1 week
7 days 48 48 48 51 60 80 335
Middle Managers Course
(Opportunity B)
IIM Calcutta
IIT Kanpur
IIT Madras
1 Year
10-14 days 30 32 30 29 34 33 188
CEO Course
(Opportunity C)
(in Delhi)
1-2 days
N/A - - - 21 14 27 62
VSME Course
(Opportunity D)
CII 10 Modules
x 3 days+α
N/A - - 6
(Gurgaon, Pune, Parwanoo)
Total 879


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