Cementing Gaps to Make Tomorrow Employable | digitalLEARNING Magazine
February 2013

Cementing Gaps to Make Tomorrow Employable

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By Pragya Gupta, Elets News Network (ENN)

When students enter the job market entire reality gets changed for them from what they had studied throughout life. In India there is a major mismatch between the demand and supply of skilled workfore, creates unemployable youth and barriers in the country’s growth. Some of the reasons for this mismatch are said to be curriculum mismatch, and untrained trainers. We have trainers teaching from many years, but they have never had industry experience.

According to NASSCOM, over three million graduates and post-graduates are added to the Indian workforce every year. However, only 25 percent of technical graduates out of these and 10-15 percent of other graduates are considered employable by the rapidly growing IT and ITES segments. These figures reflect the major skill gap that we have across the country. India has the potential to become a global marketplace for the world to provide competent, talented and innovative workforce.

To acheive the objective of skilling India a lot of work and focus has been given by the government, private sector, and academia. The government has formed various alliances with the private sector and devised many policies, framework, and bodies to address the issue. Industries in India and outside are eyeing on India to fulfil the crunch of skilled workforce. This is a complex challenge to convert huge Indian population into skilled professionals with various geographical, economical, and psychological barriers that we have.

To bring industry and academia closer and share ideas on how they can work together for mutual benefits, digitalLEARNING is starting a series on inviting ideas from industry and academia people to bridge the gap. We have people from the industry and academia speaking on solutions to create an employable tomorrow.

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