New Delhi: Paucity of English language skills in a country that produces three million graduates every year would hamper the nation’s growth, said former Nasscom president Kiran Karnik, while jointly launching an English-learning product eEnglish here Wednesday.
“Communication is the key in the services sector be it Information Technology, BPOs, retail or tourism. English allows you to explore different opportunities and expand your career,” Karnik said.
Referring to the National Index of Communication Skills brought out by MeritTrac in 2006, the former Nasscom president pointed out that a meager 10% in a pan-India sample size of 10,500 candidates could use the language as per industry acceptable standards and a mere 7.34% could claim proficiency in grammar.
Developed by Cengage Learning, a print and digital information services provider and skills assessment company MeritTrac, the 90-day eEnglish course combines print and online material with a continuous feedback through assessments to help candidates improve their English communication skills. The product which is believed to take a modular approach has basic and advanced levels which candidates can opt for after taking an off-the-shelf test.
“The academic fraternity particularly from the technical background gives less importance to English as a communication requirement which ultimately harms the employability of a student in future. Good communication enhances employability and cannot be undermined by professionals,” said K.K. Aggarwal, vice-chancellor, GGS Indraprastha University, who jointly launched eEnglish.
Co-founder and CEO MeritTrac, Madan Padaki, said, “What prompted our partnership with Cengage Learning was their accent on learning as opposed to training. We have incorporated online tests and telephonic evaluations to top out this learning agenda with continuous evaluations.”