Sona Group Initiates Global Scholar Programme

Top Quote The Sona Group, a leading manufacturer of components for the automotive industry today announced the commencement of the pilot project of their Global Scholar Programme. The Global Scholar Programme is a part of the new initiatives of the company to bridge the gap between industry and academia by offering internship opportunities to candidates; and to enable them to get the real feel of working in a multinational set up before they already get on the job. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 27, 2012 - Pilot batch commenced with students being invited from Germany.

    The project was started with two students from the Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany, for two months at Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. in India.

    This project is the brainchild of Mr. Sunjay Kapur, MD & Vice Chairman, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. who is promoting this initiative personally. Sunjay Kapur himself is currently pursuing the Owner President Management program at Harvard Business School. He is very passionate in mentoring the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

    "We recognise the need for training and mentoring the next line of leaders of tomorrow. Given our existing relationship with Germany though our entity Sona BLW Prazisionsschmiede GmBH, we saw two promising students whom we met in Germany and that's when this idea came up to harness this as an opportunity for creating a leadership programme; Hence the Global Scholar Programme. With a pilot batch with our international students we were testing waters. We are now going to roll this out in a more phased manner for students from India and across the world on a yearly basis:, said Mr. Sunjay Kapur, Managing Director& Vice Chairman, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd.

    For a start, Sona will be inducting up to 5 global scholars in a year into the programme and contribute to international learning. The next leg of the programme is expected to be launched in XXX 2013.

    Supporting Quotes from the students:
    Nicolaus Vorwerk:
    "We had the luck to work in a family managed company where human values of respect and friendship are lived every day and are the main driver for true engagement, commitment and eventually success. The consciousness that human relationships are the basis for motivation is something that in my opinion is missing in the German working culture."

    Adrian Fuegert:
    "I was excited to gain the knowledge about one of the fastest growing countries in the World. I was leading the project for training effectiveness and for this I decided to develop a process based on the Kirkpatrick Model."

    Additional Note to the editor:
    The programme covers induction of MBA students by Sona management team into business processes in automotive industry and familiarizing them with best practices in the manufacturing sector
    In-depth understanding of the Business processes
    Understanding organization matrix and job enrichment
    Skill building and corporate training for enhanced performance
    Impact of branding and product positioning.

    The students, Adrian Fuegert and NicolausVorwerk were responsible for three projects:
    Development of a process for measuring training effectiveness
    Creation and application of Kano questionnaire to assess employee requirements
    Recommend an aftermarket strategy

    About Sona Koyo Steering System:
    Established in 1985, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. is the group's flagship company, and the largest manufacturer of steering systems in India, catering to passenger cars, utility vehicles and light commercial vehicles. Sona Koyo has technical and financial collaboration with JTEKT Corporation, the largest producer of passenger vehicles' steering systems in the world.

    Sona Koyo's customers include major vehicle manufactures in India such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, General Motors and Ford. Independently, as well as through its network of overseas joint-venture partners, it exports high quality precision products to USA, Europe and Japan.

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