CII Skills and HR Conclave 2017
Jaipur, 15 March: As a part of Skills & HR Conclave 2017 organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), plenary sessions on different topics were held. In one of the sessions on ‘Creating Centers of Excellence for Strengthening Skill Initiatives in the State’ – policy interventions and ways to improve school education, industry participation, among others were discussed. Chief Operating Officer, Mahindra World City, Jaipur, Mr. Sanjay Srivastava chaired the session.
CEO & Director, Eicher Polairs Pvt Ltd., Pankaj Dubey spoke about the need to bridge the gap between industry and academics through apprenticeships and internships. He also emphasized that Public Private Partnership (PPP) should be promoted in spirit and not just on paper. It is also important to have consistent training programs for the workforce.
Vice Chancellor Rajasthan Technical University, Kota, Prof Narendra Kaushik highlighted the skills required in higher education and the gap between available and required talent pool. He said that the University has begun the process of revising the curriculum. The University has prepared a Google Form and disseminated it to affiliated colleges for further input. He stressed on the importance of skills like technical knowledge, professional competence, analysis of data, confidence, time & stress management and human values.
Chief Executive Officer, Aquil Busrai Consulting, Mr. Aquil Busrai gave a practicing manager’s perspective on skill development. He said that the education system is tilted to churn out white collar employees. Manual jobs are not socially acceptable among the middle classes. He also suggested various measures like re-examining the curriculum, developing small centers of excellence, skill development programs as well as retraining of workforce to introduce new skills, among others to curb this problem.
Vice President, Strategy, Investment, CSR and Corporate Relations, Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd. Mr. Deepak Bhardwaj announced the Samsung Genius and Innovation Programme which would be the first of its kind to teach innovation at schools. This year the programme will be open to Navodaya Vidyalayas, IITs, NIITs, among others. Next year the programme will open up to many more schools around India. He stressed on the need for corporate to give back to the society in a meaningful way.