German Consul General delivers convocation address at Geedee Technical Training Institute
Renewable energy was a potential sector that industries could focus on. Around 20 per cent of energy requirements in Germany was met through renewable energy. The Government had decided to gradually phase out all the nuclear plants by 2022, said Dr. Stefan Weckbach, Consul General of German Consulate, Chennai.
He was delivering the convocation address at the 5th German Diploma awards function at Geedee Technical Training Institute (GTTI), here on Wednesday.
Around 39 students of Tool and Die Engineering and 16 Mechatronics trainees were awarded diplomas certified by IHK (The Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Nuremberg, Germany.
While other European countries were facing economic difficulties, German economy had comparably performed better by achieving a GDP rate of 3.7 per cent though it was much lower than that of India, Dr. Weckbach said.
According to him 98 per cent of industries in Germany belonged to small and medium scale sector and the country was largest national economy in Europe which had a strong export market.
S. Raj, Regional Director, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, Chennai, in his address said that GTTI was the only institute all over the country, whose student had won world skills competition, a global vocational skill competition. He said that there would be a global skilled manpower shortage of 56.5 million and it would reach 11.2 million in five years in India. India's existing skill development capacity was only 3.4 million. Herman F. Weiler, Managing Director, GDW Werkzeugmaschinen Herzogenaurach GmbH, Germany, in his welcome address urged the students to keep updating their skills to stay ahead in the industry.
Joshi, Managing Director, Festo Controls Private Limited, Bangalore, in his address said that there were institutes like GTTI that offered Mechatronics course in the country.