Hyderabad: ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India), a joint venture of ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel, two of the world’s leading steel manufacturers, signed an MoU with Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) division of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, an Institution of Eminence (IoE), to leverage their MBA Manufacturing Management Programme for some of its professionals.

The agreement with BITS Pilani WILP will help facilitate leading higher education opportunities in manufacturing management for some of AM/NS India’s engineers, while not needing them to take a career break. Besides providing a unique upskilling opportunity, which will help professionals hone their management and technical skills, it shall also help address AM/NS India’s need for a wider talent pool of professionals, who can take up leadership roles with a holistic understanding of technology and management.

The MBA Manufacturing Management is a four-semester Work Integrated Learning Programme, with online classes conducted during the weekends, thereby helping professionals to study, while continuing to work. The learners, with access to highly engaging study material, can learn at their own pace. They can also attend the lectures from any location using the state-of-the-art digital technology and will also be able to access recorded lectures later. The programme also emphasizes on experiential learning and will empowerthe learners to applyconcepts learnt in the classroom in real-work situations.

Dr. Anil Matoo, Head of Human Resources, IR &Administration at AM/NS India, said, “We are elated to announce our collaboration with BITS Pilani WILP for the two-year MBA Manufacturing Management programme, with an aim to develop and groom our manufacturing leaders. AM/NS India believes in providing continuous learning opportunities to employees through leading institutions and this collaboration is another step in this direction. BITS Pilani is an Institution of Eminence, especially known for providing technicaleducation of the highest standards. With its robust curriculum, this programme will help in grooming our engineers to handle challenging assignments and in creating a competitive edge for us.”

Elaborating about the collaboration, Prof. G. Sundar, Director, Off-Campus Programmes & Industry Engagement, BITS Pilani, said, “It gives me great delight that the working professionals of the joint venture of ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel (both among the leading steel manufacturers in the world) will be enrolling in the MBA Manufacturing Management programme. Continuing higher education, reskilling and upskilling of professionals are critically important in helping them adapt to the rapid developments and manage various key aspects, such as production, new technologies, strategic planning, and operations, in a holistic and effective manner —thereby, aiding their organization in gaining the edge too in today’s highly competitive manufacturing sector.”