Jobs everywhere-Are we ready?

The news items in printed media in just one week are clear indication of good demand for persons seeking employment. It is not only USA and UK, Indians are in demand every where. See these news items:
BEIJING, NOV 15: Indian businesses are bringing more Indians to live and work in China. The number of Indians is growing rapidly, especially with many multinational firms employing qualified Indian professionals at much cheaper salaries than their Western counterparts

China seeks Indian English teachers: New Delhi, India, Nov. 19 (UPI) — China’s education minister is visiting local universities and schools in India in search of language teachers to meet the growing demand for English in China. (a New Delhi’s NDTV report).

MNCs as well as domestic companies are hiring in big way. The $12.5 billion software services industry has created some 550,000 software and 280,000 back-office positions. The sector is growing at 30 per cent a year. Outsourcing is forecast to hit $50 billion by 2009, according to India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies. India’s IT-savvy, low cost, English-speaking workforce is attracting a growing number of multinationals. MNCs are increasing the headcounts in existing establishments. And surprisingly, the companies are moving beyond metros and even to smaller towns.

<iMicrosoft to hire hundreds more in India: HYDERABAD, NOV 15: Microsoft Corp will hire several hundred new staff at its new Indian campus in the next year. And the work being done is high-tech as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer indicated recently. “The work we are doing here is very high level creative engineering.”

US Firm to Hire 1,700 People in India: BANGALORE, SEPT 22: Real estate and data service provider First American Corp’s Indian arm plans to recruit 1,700 software and back-office workers over three years to take its staff strength to 4,200. First American is the latest to announce expansion in India’s booming offshore service sector, in which data operations that require low-cost English-speakers with accounting skills are growing strongly in the wake of an expansion in call centres.
<b GE,which has its second largest R&D centre outside the US in Bangalore, will be adding another 700 scientists to its rolls to take the total strength to 3,000. The Bangalore centre is also set to get some big product development projects.

Dell to invest and hire more in India: November 24. Terming India as its fastest growing market in Asia Pacific with 43 per cent year-on-year growth, hardware major Dell said it will invest more in the country and raise headcount.

Infovision to up headcount by 1,500: NOVEMBER 30, 2004 KOLKATA: Anticipating huge growth, Infovision Software, the leading Medical Transciption (MT) company said it planned to increase the strength of trained people to around 2000 persons in Mumbai and Kolkata in the next three years.

NEW DELHI: Samsung India Electronics would double headcount at its two R&D centres to 2,000 engineers in the next three years.
BANGALORE: German software maker SAP AG will add close to 1,300 software professionals for its India operations during 2005. “We will be adding 1,300 people – 800 developers in R&D and 500 people in services and consulting next year,” SAP AG board member Peter Zencke told reporters here.

Wipro intends to double staffs: BANGALORE, OCT 8: Wipro Ltd sees its staff doubling in the next three years as outsourcing booms. Wipro expects to keep adding about 1,000 people a month to its 35,000 staff. Wipro plans to hire at least 3,000 IT professionals at its brand new software development-cum- BPO hub in Kolkata

<i<bInfosys To Hire 4,000-4,500 Techies MUMBAI, OCT 12: Infosys plans to hire 4,000-4,500 in rest of year. 4,547 of the 5,010 staff it hired in the past quarter were for Infosys’ software business. The rest it hired for its back-office business.

1.8 lakh IT jobs this quarter: Survey DECEMBER 01, 2004: NEW DELHI: The IT and IT enabled services in India will witness a 13 per cent growth in employment numbers over the last quarter as per the findings of Ma Foi management consultants in its first Ma Foi employment survey. The survey predicts the creation of some 60,000 new jobs each month in the current quarter in the Information Technology and related sectors – the highest amongst the 18 sectors involved in the current survey.

Demand for India’s information technology services is red hot as the industry expands into new areas such as manufacturing and retail from finance. So the hunt for talent is on. The companies scout many technology colleges for selecting the right candidates. Some are even paying stipends to students in niche areas such as physics. The companies are also spending huge amount on providing training in-house to the new recruits to make them meet their skill requirements. The training now includes coaching on customs and foreign languages such as German and Japanese, as the companies scour the globe for new markets. But all these news items leave behind some questions. How many of these boys are from the rural areas? Is the basic education improving? Are they able to join some good colleges after a poor schooling? It is unfortunate that the quality of education in majority of schools and colleges all over the country is extremely poor. Most of the teachers can’t provide the knowledge of even the two languages that they teach, as they themselves have not improved to the standard that is expected by the customers of their students today. A very intensive and extensive programme for the teachers of languages is essential, if we want to keep our lead in IT and ITeS. But what can we expect from the politicians running the education? They are busy in changing the history books that will hardly serve any purpose. And there is hardly many Budhadeo Bhattacharyas who can outright tell the ABTA teachers in his state to come out of their mindset and teach good English to their students.

Coming to engineering colleges, the conditions are no better, though the number of colleges have increased many folds because of privatization of the professional education. Beside the shortage, the education standard of the teaching staffs in most of the colleges is extremely poor. As I know, more than 70 per cent of faculty members teaching Bachelor of Technology (BTech) courses in private colleges were themselves only BTech qualified. Some thing must be done on priority basis to come out of the situation and if the country wants to remain a leading force in IT related sector. ‘The Chinese are coming in big way and will certainly rule the IT business too.

It is not only ITand ITeS, but other sectors are also hiring. A report from the textile sector says: The textile sector provides employment to more than 30mn people, compared to around 8 lakh in IT. In the next two years the textile sector is expected to generate at least another million jobs. Other manufacturing sectors are also on move. But here also the industry requires skilled hands, as the equipment in all sectors are now more sophisticated. Trade schools are failing to impart the right skill. The students are not properly selected and guided to learn the skills. No one knows what happened to the promises made by the finance minister to improve all the ITIs in his last budget.

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