New Delhi: India’s rapidly growing auto industry is likely to face an acute shortage of skilled workers over the next five years.

The Indian auto industry could suffer a shortfall of 3.9 million graduates, 0.6 million engineers and 0.75 million personnel with vocational training by 2012, says a recent report by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Boston Consulting Group.

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“We do feel the pinch of getting adequately trained manpower at the shopfloor level," says Shekhar Vishwanathan, deputy managing director at Toyota Kirloskar Motors Pvt. Ltd, which makes premium sedans and utility vehicles.