Friday, February 8, 2013

IT companies eye Arts students to fill workforce shortage

Technology companies   are eyeing a pool of about 5.5 lakh students in close to 1,000 colleges of the state offering non-technology courses to meet the shortfall in trained non-technical workforce. A database ofoutstanding students from faculties like Arts,Commerce, Science, Education and Law will be prepared after assessing them according to their abilities. These will then be showcased to the industry. 

The move will reduce the duration to train the freshers, believe industry players. "So far companies have to train freshers in English as well as give him sectoral knowledge. The move will ensure that candidates are proficient in English. So, they will be imparted only domain knowledge, reducing their training duration. Initially we can start with 2,000-3,000 students," said Rajiv Vaishnav, vice president of National Association of Software Services Companies (Nasscom) involved in the programme. 
Nasccom will prepare the database on the basis of details provided by the Commissionerate of Higher Education of the state government. Students will then be screened by an 'Assessment Test', that will determine the employability of the students. They will then be showcased to companies across sectors like BPO, Engineering, Hospitality, Pharmacy et all. Efforts will also be made to match their academic skills with practical skills. 

"We want to create a stage so that if a company wants to hire 400-500 persons, it can do it. As of now, they are finding it difficult to hunt resources. We will showcase the talent to them," said Vaishnav. 

Nasscom is also planning an event to felicitate the outstanding students by giving them certificates based on their talent. This is modeled along the Devang Mehta Memorial IT Awards for the students of colleges affiliated to Gujarat Technical University (GTU). Over 400 students were felicitated based on projects they had undertaken as a part of their final two semesters. The department of higher education will also leverage its programmes like SCOPE, which has a pool of about 3.5 lakh students proficient in English and certified by Cambridge University. 

"We are also interested in increasing the employability of our students and to link them with the employers in a structured way," said an official of the department. " Demand from the industry is not an issue. However, the supply of skilled persons is. There are variety of areas, where we need talent. The move could be one of the ways to address the short fall of human resources," said Nirav Shah, MD and CEO of Ahmedabad-based Jayatma Informatics. IT-ITeS sector, particularly the BPO segment, has high number of joinees every year but they change the profession after a few years resulting in high attrition and demand for human resources. 

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