October 24, 2018
New Delhi, October 24, 2018: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to two years' time extension for the Champions for Societal Manufacturing (CSM) Project until September 2020. Initially, the CSM Project was supposed to be operational from 2013 to 2018. With this extension, and adding the former VLFM (Visionary Leaders of Manufacturing) Project, the duration of JICA's support for this movement becomes 2007 to 2020.
The CSM Project aims to develop visionary leaders in the Indian manufacturing sector, and to accelerate the growth of manufacturing in the country, in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), academia from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, IIT Madras and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The most unique aspect of this initiative is that the courses under CSM Project focus on "Mindset Change" from production-oriented small mentality to holistic view of the entire manufacturing environment. This is the concept of VLFM/CSM to transform participants from effective managers to Visionary Leaders.
After more than 10 years of effort on VLFM and CSM Projects, with recognition of its effectiveness, scaling up the courses has been strongly required from the industry. To enhance capability of faculties and demonstrators to provide courses to meet societal needs will be the main challenge in the extended phase of the CSM Project.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "Today, Indian society is facing a historic turning point. People's lifestyles are changing through rapid economic growth and globalization. JICA has been supporting the development of visionary leaders in Indian manufacturing to lead innovations that bring social change and realize the better society. Also, we believe that having more visionary leaders of manufacturing contributes to the Government of India's Make in India policy in very efficient and sustainable manner. We are happy that we will accompany with this initiative for another two years bringing more leaders to the Indian society."
The CSM Project is implemented on the basis of the framework and outcomes of the VLFM Project, which was initiated in 2007. In 2013, the VLFM program was upgraded to the CSM Project with greater emphasis on enhancing its contribution to societal good. The VLFM/CSM project has produced more than 1,000 visionary leaders through courses for middle and senior management. The CSM project has empowered more than 1,000 Small and Micro Industries through the VSME (Visionary SME) and the Visionary Learning Community in India (VLCI) initiatives.
Established by a specific law as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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