GM India donates Chevrolet Cruze to SVNIT Surat

Car to be used for experiments by students of the institute


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As part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility activities, General Motors India (GM India) today donated  a Chevrolet Cruze as a goodwill gesture to Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat at a simple function  held at the institute premises. The keys of the vehicle were handed over to the Director of the Institute Dr. P.D. Porey by Mr. P. Balendran, Vice President General Motors India in the presence Mr. Rakesh Mehta, Director Human Resources, Mr. Niraj Chaturvedi, Division Manager  and other company officials.  Others present on the occasion included Deans,  Heads of various departments and other officials and students of  the institute.   SVNIT which is one of the prominent institutes of the country will use the car for demonstration in class rooms, laboratories, workshops and  to carry out experiments by B.Tech and M.Tech students of the institute.

“Our association with the institute goes a long way as we keep  visiting  SVNIT Surat for campus placements at regular intervals.   By donating a vehicle to the institute, we believe it will help budding engineers to understand  the technology used in the vehicle in great detail. The faculty and students will have the opportunity  to disassemble and reassemble various sub-systems of the car for understanding the technology used in Chevrolet Cruze.   The institute will also demonstrate the sub-systems & parts  used in Chevrolet Cruze  in classrooms, laboratories or workshops to facilitate the study,  said  Mr P Balendran, Vice President, GM India. The initiative is part of GM India’s endeavor to be a responsible corporate citizen. The company has been involved in various developmental and donation activities over the years,” added Mr. Balendran

Speaking on the occasion, Dr P.D.  Porey, Director SVNIT Surat said,   “GM India’s initiative will go a long way in benefiting our students. B.Tech and M.Tech students of the institute  will get to learn the fundamentals of IC Engines and Automobile Engineering in a better way. This will also give the  faculty members an opportunity  to demonstrate the engine technology in detail to the students, added Dr. Porey.  

It may be recalled that GM India and Gujarat Government has announced  a new partnership programme recently to introduce  an advance course in Automobile Painting Process and Techniques at the Industrial Training Institute at Tarsali.  The Advance Course in Automobile Painting Process and Techniques will provide professional qualification in a key aspect of vehicle manufacturing to students. The course is part of the private-public partnership programme created following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between GM India and the Gujarat government on 14 July 2008.   GM India – which operates a vehicle manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat – has also  helped the Tarsali ITI upgrade its infrastructure to provide a stronger learning environment for the students as part of our ongoing corporate social responsibility activities.

General Motors India has been at the forefront of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It has provided relief to victims of natural disasters, helped renovate and repair homes of those in need, and carried out health-care and health education programs. In addition, it has promoted environmental protection through programmes aimed at reducing energy and water consumption, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, eliminating waste, promoting recycling and investigating the use of bio-diesel fuel. 

About General Motors India:

General Motors India has completed 16 years of operation in India. It started its journey in 1996 and now offers products under the Chevrolet brand, which was introduced in India in 2003. Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrated its centennial as a global automotive brand in November 2011. Last year, about 4.76 million Chevrolets were sold in more than 140 countries, or one every 6.65 seconds.  Chevrolet, one of the fastest growing automotive nameplates in India, provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. With a wide range of product portfolio including Chevrolet Captiva, Chevrolet Optra, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Aveo U-VA, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Beat and Chevrolet Tavera for sale in India, GM India operates state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Halol, Gujarat and in Talegaon, Maharashtra. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at



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