Channelizing Student Power

Cummins upgraded facilities at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Phaltan, towards bettering vocational training.


In an attempt to impart employable skills to the local youth, Cummins decided to adopt the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Phaltan and upgrade it to a Center of Excellence. This ensures better facilities for students and faculty as well as assures the availability of high quality technicians to the industries being set up in and around Phaltan.
The program aims to:

  • Provide design assistance in upgrading the infrastructure
  • Provide training on soft skills to students and faculty
  • Increase institute and industry interaction
  • Improve gender participation, etc.
  • Discussions are also on with the DVET (Director of Vocational Education and Training) to identify ways to impart vocational training to ITI candidates. This project will be implemented over a period of four years. This is the only Govt. run Trade School present in Phaltan, situated about 10 kms from the Cummins Megasite. About 210 students study in this school.

Approach and Efforts

As part of its efforts to improve communities in and around Phaltan, Cummins decided to step in to upgrade the infrastructure and develop students and faculty.

The project was broadly implemented in two phases:

Phase I

  • Reactivate 'Institute Management Committee' (IMC)
  • Add workshop equipment and create layout design
  • Create power backup facility
  • Create landscape for the institute
  • Design and develop two new courses
  • Increase diversity
  • Devise a four-year development plan and master layout

Phase II

  • Students' development
  • Faculty development
  • Introduce
  • 5S, Kaizen concepts,
  • Health and Safety Practices
  • Finishing school
  • Communication skills
  • Work with the Government for infrastructure development outlined in the master layout

Cummins conducted a series of activities for successful implementation of the project:

  • Carried out a Voice of Customer (VOC) of the faculty and students
  • Benchmarked Government trade schools in Maharashtra
  • Arrived at action items for improvement using relevant Six Sigma tools
  • Gained approval to commence new courses
  • Donated machineries to meet approval criteria
  • Created awareness in schools for drawing girl students to the institute
  • Helped to start bus service for the Trade school
  • Carried out repairs and renovation to existing building
  • Created landscape and power backup infrastructure
  • Arranged industry visits of students and faculty
  • Devised master layout and four-year roadmap
  • Recognized students and faculty for their contribution

Resulting Change

As a result of this active campaign, 45 girls opted for the Trade School in 2011 as against 19 in the previous year. Besides that, other achievements at ITI Phaltan include:

  • Introduction of two new courses - Diesel Mechanic & Machinist
  • Transformation of 'Craftsman Training Scheme' (CTS) and 'Centre Of Excellence' (COE) workshop
  • Introduction of industry best-practices
  • Creation of additional classrooms
  • Imparting training and providing training aids
  • Building exterior given a facelift
Channelizing Student Power