Impact of Covid on Learning & Development

The Covid pandemic has made 2020 as an unforgettable year subjecting the whole world to unprecedented challenges. However, as the famous saying goes “Necessity is the mother of Invention”, the pandemic has made the entire world to explore a whole lot of virtual options for staying connected across the stake holders.  Be it Corporate companies, MSME, Educational institutions, Hospitals, etc.,– everyone has adopted Internet connectivity to the best possible extent for staying connected. Zoom / Webex meetings have become the buzz word and any day is incomplete without virtual meetings across customers and suppliers.

How Learning & Development is happening today?

Traditionally companies used to identify the training needs (TNA) and engage the team in L&D activities either through internal or external training by engaging training providers / Subject Matter Experts. However, today Learning and Development is made easier through on line mode with many advantages.  Technical capabilities of team members can be enhanced with flexibility and without losing working hours, in a cost effective manner with lower investment per person and lesser prior planning span.

Instructor led live on line training (ILT):

Here, the SME explains the concepts through presentation, examples and case studies. Participants are encouraged to ask questions then and there, enabling seamless understanding. Interaction is further enhanced through polls, exercises, etc., Since, “Seeing is Believing” —  Live demo of machinery and equipment can be telecast to bring in further value addition and to include the practical aspects in Industrial context.


  • Learn from your desk; Able to participate remotely, without travel and other logistics;
  • Savings in terms of travel and logistics
  • Better utilisation of time
  • Possible to balance between work schedules and Learning schedules

E-learning method:

Here, the courses are published in the web portal and managed by a Learning Management System (LMS) which takes care of the entire process right from registration to certification. The learning is made comfortable through interactivity, animations, videos and quiz.


  • Learn from your desk
  • Accessible 24*7 ; Flexible learning hours
  • Built with interactivity, animations and videos
  • Knowledge Check / Quiz on every chapter
  • Final assessment and certification
  • Possibility of revising multiple times, as needed
  • Interaction with Faculty through mail

Instructor Led On line Training Initiatives from IMTMA:

IMTMA has delivered 270+ webinars / training programmes through Webex / Zoom platform. More than 14700 professionals have derived benefits through these interactions. Training programmes are organised for 3 hours per day, without affecting the work routines much. IMTMA engages Industry experts, with 30 plus years of rich domain expertise and practical wisdom, to develop and deliver specific topics for accelerated learning. There is a famous proverb “One learns from mistakes”  but IMTMA courses are special, since they leverage learning based on faculties’ rich experience – thus, participants would avoid making mistakes in professional life for learning.

The presentations are supported with industry case studies and examples. This enables participants to relate the learning to their own projects, there by implementing the key learnings become possible. Also, participants are encouraged to clear queries in their projects from the expert faculty.

E-Learning courses at IMTMA:

IMTMA has launched an E-Learning portal, enabling professionals to learn directly from their desk. IMTMA has developed self-paced E-learning courses in a number of  vital subjects including GD&T, FMEA, OEE, Heat treatment, Welding, Painting, etc.,  Thus organisations can bring the knowledge level of the entire work force to a common level, enabling better communication across stake holders and realising QCD benefits.  LMS can be integrated to the performance management (KRA/KPI) and progress over a period of time, say 3 months can be tracked.

Sl no Name of the Topic Minimum Duration
1 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) 5 Hrs
2 Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) 5 Hrs
3 Fundamentals of Painting and Coating Technologies 6 Hrs
4 Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) 2 Hrs
5 Selection, Assembly and Troubleshooting of Linear Motion Guideways (LMG) 2.5 Hrs
6 Selection, Assembly and Troubleshooting of Ball screws (BS) 2.5 Hrs
7 Heat treatment Metallurgy and processes (HTMP) 3 Hrs
8 Arc welding processes (ArcWP) 6 Hrs
9 Advanced welding processes (AWP) 4 Hrs
10 Gear manufacturing (GM) 2.5 Hrs

Krishnamoorthy M., Sr. Director, IMTMA Training