Finding a job-ready workforce that can deliver quality continues to be a worry quotient for employers across the globe. This session not only brought out a comprehensive summary of what ails the employers and the institutes, but also gave some specific solutions that can benefit the two stakeholders
Siddharth Chaturvedi, Director, AISECT University
Higher education institutions need to develop capacity in employer involvement, build flexibility in training programmes, and embed the entire concept of employability, but not as an adjunct for one or two semesters. They need to invest in professional development of the staff, bring in activities and action learning into the curriculum, and engage the participants in a more qualitative and meaningful manner
Lokesh Mehra, Director-Education Advocacy, Microsoft India
We need to develop the skills on 5Cs and 3 Is: Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Computing; and Innovativeness, Intuitiveness, and Incremental. As of now, we are focusing too much on the professional side. An impetus needs to be given towards arts and humanities.
Manoj Bhatia, Director, Sanghvi Institute of Management & Science
The complete integration of employability skills in our education and training system is yet to come. The proposal is to have a developmental model wherein different skills can be brought together to deliver something more than skills,
that is, employability skills.
The IT set up in India is usually impractical and there is a lack of competent teachers and trainers. In order to change it, you have to work bottom up which also includes enhancement of employability skills. The goal should be to treat those as assumptions and then create solutions that work around these assumptions.