BANGALORE, India—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 5, 2007— General Motors (GM), EDS, Sun Microsystems and UGS joined together today for the launch of a new automotive planning, design and engineering partnership with the opening of India's first PACE Institution at the PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) in Bangalore.
Partners for Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education
(PACE) is a corporate initiative between GM, EDS, Sun Microsystems and
UGS, with contributions from Altair Engineering, Autodesk, Engineous,
Fluent, Hewlett-Packard, LSTC and MSC Software. Founded in 1999, PACE
has supported more than 38 leading academic institutions around the
world through the contribution of computer-based engineering tools.
Its goal is to provide students practical skills in professional
careers such as mechanical design, engineering, analysis and
PESIT will receive advanced computer hardware along with NX,
Teamcenter Community and Teamcenter Engineering, MD Nastran and Altair
Hyperworks software, which are used by automakers around the globe for
product planning, engineering and data management. PESIT will utilize
the hardware and software in its engineering curricula, enabling
students to obtain practical experience using hardware and software
currently used by leading global companies including GM.
PESIT also will receive technical, educational aid and automotive
parts for students. The contributions are commercially valued at
approximately US$155 million.
As part of its effort to promote the development of automotive
engineering and foster automotive industry talent in India, GM will
participate in setting up a product lifecycle management (PLM)
education program with PESIT and PACE. PLM provides an organic
connection between the development, production and aftersales service
stages of a product. It is being widely adopted by the automotive
industry around the world. Through the program, the General Motors
Technical Centre - India (GMTC-I) will contribute to developing the
automotive product lifecycle experts of the future. Students will be
provided additional opportunities for practical learning by
participating in PLM lectures and joint programs conducted by GMTC-I.
In conjunction with PACE, GMTC-I will host a PACE competition to
give students an additional opportunity to enjoy networking
opportunities with industry experts and evaluate their abilities.
Since being selected as a PACE Institution in 2006, PESIT students
have been paired with graduate students and GMTC-I engineers to
undertake a project throughout their summer and winter vacations using
software and hardware provided by PACE.
PESIT is currently participating in the PACE Global Vehicle
Collaboration Project, which involves the development of a
next-generation concept vehicle by 21 PACE Institutions around the
world. Students and instructors from participating universities will
cooperate in the design and engineering of a racing car of the future
that will be unveiled next summer.
"It is a matter of great importance that PESIT has been chosen by
the PACE worldwide network as the first and only institution from
India as a partner in the program. This adds a new dimension to PESIT
in its endeavor to attain the pinnacle of performance. The PACE-PESIT
partnership is an opportunity by which the many-faceted latent
abilities of PESIT staff and students will surface in an effective way
and make meaningful contributions to the PACE program. PESIT finds for
itself a role of significant potential in the program, which envisages
changing the overall face of the automotive industry by attaining
global synergy," said Professor Jawahar, Director - PESIT.
"Bringing PACE to PESIT is an extension of GM's commitment to
India's automotive industry and the development of the next generation
of industry professionals," said Sheila Sarver, Director - Engineering
and Operations, GMTC-I. "By working with one of India's leading
academic institutions, we will provide students practical experience
today that will prepare them to meet the needs of industry tomorrow."
"PACE offers a unique combination of hardware and software to
facilitate the learning of computer-aided design and engineering
concepts," said Abhay Gupte, managing director of Applications
Delivery-India for EDS. "Students gain valuable experience applying
these concepts as they work on industry projects. PESIT graduates will
be highly-skilled, knowledgeable and ready to work in this exciting
Mr. Narendar Reddy, Managing Director, UGS India, said: "UGS is
strongly committed to help the engineering talent in India enhance
their skills to meet the needs of the industry. We are proud to
partner with the PES Institute of Technology and other members of the
PACE program to meet the objective of providing students with the most
current and technologically relevant education, thus equipping them
with the skills demanded by industry. Through our participation in the
program, we are happy that students and the faculty of the college
will have access to the software tools from the global leader in PLM
solutions. This will help them conceive, design, engineer and validate
projects using the same tools that today's leading global
manufacturers like GM employ."
"We are proud to partner with PESIT and the PACE program in
enabling the skill enhancements of engineering students," said Ashish
Khushu - Director, Public Sector, Sun Microsystems India. "We have
been long associated with the academic developer community. We work
closely with universities to equip students with advanced skills,
hands-on experience with leading-edge, open-source technologies, and
the confidence to create new technologies. Not only does Sun offer
training and support, the dialogue goes both ways. Sun is interested
in hearing what we really need to get the most from our IT education
and be ready to make a difference in the business world."
For more information on PESIT, visit www.pes.edu. For more
information on GMTC-I, visit www.gm.com. For more information on EDS,
visit www.eds.com. For more information on UGS, visit www.ugs.com. For
more information on Sun Microsystems, visit www.sun.com. For more
information on PACE, its programs and member institutions, visit