Bhubaneswar: Luxury car maker Mercedes- Benz India on Tuesday signed an MoU with an engineering college here to provide Advanced Diploma in Automotive Mechatronics (ADAM) course and said it is committed towards endowing the youth with skills and expertise.

The one-year ADAM programme seeks to fulfil the requirement for superlative service in the automotive sector by developing skilled manpower for the industry.

Mercedes-Benz India signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT).

Mercedes-Benz India CEO Martin Schwenk said "We are excited to expand it further to KIIT. Auto segment is one of the highest contributors to the GDP of the nation. As the leaders in the auto luxury segment, it is incumbent upon us to upskill the youth with technical expertise required in the segment to make them future-ready."

He said Mercedes-Benz India's commitment to contribute back to the society has led to the expansion of this course and its success is immensely satisfying.

"Over the years we have successfully tied-up with nine institutions over 650 students successfully trained. We have been consistently building competencies and skills that positively benefit young minds and the society at large," Schwenk said.

The ADAM programme is an initiative by Mercedes-Benz India, which is propagated among students with the help of educational institutions. The Mechatronics training school at Mercedes-Benz India was started in 2002 with the aim of providing trained service personnel and engineers.