New Delhi: Cambridge English Language Assessment (Part of the University of Cambridge) has organized a roundtable discussion on “Enhancing employability – role of language skills” at The Lalit hotel in New Delhi on 22nd September, 2017.
The discussion aimed at emphasizing the importance of language skills for enhanced employability in this competitive era and was graced by officials from Cambridge English, VCs and heads of institutions, key academicians and higher education industry experts.
Key panelists for the discussion included Mr. Zairus Master, CEO, Shine.com, Mr. Nitish Mishra, Former minister, Govt. of Bihar, Dr. Padmakali Banerjee, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Mr. Sumeet Gupta, Director, FICCI, to name a few. Mr. William Saville, International Education Officer and Gwendydd Hardcastle, Senior Education Advisor, Cambridge Assessment English, UK and T K Arunachalam, Regional Director – South Asia, Cambridge Assessment were also part of the round table.
Employability is defined as a group of essential abilities that involve the development of a knowledge base, expertise level and mindset that is increasingly necessary for success in the modern workplace. Employers look for a range of skills in prospective employees, of which communication is a significant factor. English language skills and employability are completely interrelated as English will almost always be the common language for international communication and business. The panel discussed on the significance of language skills in enhancing employability across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. T K Arunachalam, Regional Director – South Asia, Cambridge Assessment English said, “The 2016 QS Global employer survey conducted by Cambridge English in collaboration with QS, spanning across 5300 organisations from over 38 countries, summarised that more than 95% of the companies in India, agreed that English was a much needed skill for getting employment as well as for progression in the workplace. Cambridge English is already a contributor to the development of English language in many parts of India in our partnerships with various state governments, state and private universities, government and private schools and are keen to build more such strategic partnerships to develop effective language skills across the country.”