Nasscom unveils plans for N-E, Kashmir youth in IT race

Nasscom unveils plans for N-E, Kashmir youth in IT race

Bangalore: Unveiling plans for the youth of North-Eastern region and Kashmir, Nasscom President, Kiran Karnik on 6 September said it proposed to reach out to these areas in a big way since youth of these areas had been left out of the IT-race due to lack of training opportunities.

Though there was a considerable chunk of bright and educated population in the North East region, several of the youth could not participate in the IT growth due to lack of opportunities in these regions, Karnik said on the sidelines of launching a new web-learning product, rRapid Suite today.

If these youth were exposed to just three to four months of training programme, they could imbibe industry specific skills that could turn them employable, he said.

As part of its initiative to reach this sector, Nasscom would launch its BPO related Nasscom Assessment Competency Tool for the North East region in the next three months. The assessment tool would cover nearly 20,000 youth, he said.

Once these students were equipped with training certificates, they automatically would be picked up by IT industry since the certifications were common benchmark.

Revealing his ambitious plans for the youth of Kashmir, he said he hoped to reach the strife-stricken area one day and offer the youth training opportunities to enable them to participate in the IT-boom in the country.

Refusing to set any time-frame for the Kashmir training project, Karnik said once the students received training, they could be provided with jobs. The next phase of development would see companies coming out with specific packages for these youth and subsequently the trained Kashmiri youth could themselves turn entrepreneurs in the region.

Such a training initiative would also help in instilling a sense of ‘belongingness’ and hope in this area which has been rocked by violence for a considerable period, Karnik said.

Far-flung areas of North East could also be reached by leveraging technology in a major way. Initiatives like online learning, web-curriculum could help in this direction.

The shortage of nearly half a million personnel which the industry predicts in the coming years could be bridged by using a multiplier effect of technology.

“Technology could help reaching people who have been out of the IT growth," he said.

Using a common benchmark certification, it could help companies in hiring people from far-flung places like Kohima and interior regions because their employability factor has been assessed and validated through certifications.

Addressing another urgent issue, he said as the industry was evolving rapidly, there was need to ensure that the current crop of personnel did not end up with obsolete skills and knowledge and were updated from time to time.

Training on the bench, or between projects, was imperative to prepare the personnel with a new set of customised skills demanded by the new project. Each project and each new customer demanded a fresh set of skills and therefore ongoing training programmes were a must, he said.

As the industry moves up the value chain, these current crop of IT professionals who had the basic knowledge, needed to be trained for the new demands of the industry.