On 11th November 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Japan and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), India, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Japan, on the Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme (MSTPP). According to the MOC, METI certified training institutes in India would be set up by 4 renowned Japanese companies who would become the first four certified members of the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) project. On 27th June 2017, METI, Japan, granted certificates of accreditation to four companies -Daikin, Suzuki, Toyota & Yamaha.
Daikin India selected a batch of 30 girls from polytechnic institutes running in various parts of the country to support a vital campaign of the Indian Government, ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.’ With this batch of 30 girls, Daikin India started its very own JIM on 17th August 2017 by providing training to them in the existing training center (ACDC) at the Neemrana factory. Daikin named its JIM institute Daikin Japanese Institute of Manufacturing Excellence (DJIME).
The first all-female batch of DJIME that commenced their course in August 2017 graduated in June 2019. All graduating students have duly conferred certificates as accredited by METI.
In September 2018 and August 2019, the second and third batches of DJIME respectively commenced their courses under the same ‘Learn and Earn’ model. The batch size was increased to 48 in both batches.
On the land allotted to DJIME by the Rajasthan Government, a separate institute was set up. It started in 2018, and work got completed by 2020. Subsequent batches of DJIME were planned to commence from this new campus. However, the same was deferred due to the COVID-19 crisis. We have now commenced classes on the new campus in April 2022. The new campus is conducting certification courses in areas of Manufacturing & Trade (HVAC), which range from short-term to long-term courses. Currently, the new campus has started with 2 separate batches of 3-month (500 learning hours) duration each. The students are being selected both from local villages in Neemrana (for the Manufacturing course) as well as from other backgrounds across India (for the Trade theory course). The concept of both batches is to provide skill development opportunities to underprivileged children and make them ready for employment in the industry.