New Delhi: Industry trends indicate that to thrive in the next decade, organizations will need to instill a set of critical behavioral skills in their people. Though the software or tools professionals use to perform their jobs will likely change in the next five, ten or twenty years, the thrive skills (social, behavioral and cognitive skills) you develop will last a lifetime.
That’s why Harappa Education, India’s leading online learning institution, has introduced a one-of-its-kind Leadership Academy—to groom a modern cadre of young talent, geared to meet the demands of modern workplaces—in partnership with Techno India Group. The Leadership Academy will start by training a cohort of 500 3rd year students for a year, eventually extending the program to all students at Techno India Group, across campuses in India. Over the next few years, Harappa plans to launch more academies across India to help create a job-ready workforce that understands the importance of leadership skills and can demonstrate them during job interviews and at the workplace.
As technology evolves at a dizzying speed, so does the world of the work. The need for transferable skills, new knowledge and competencies has increased exponentially. Simultaneously, employers struggle to find candidates with the skills the business needs. So, to support and empower young graduates, the Harappa Leadership Academy will ensure students gain an understanding of real-world challenges and realities, and are well-equipped to navigate them. By leveraging online courses, experiential learning projects, workshops and assignments, Harappa will help students develop a strong bias for action, the confidence to visibly transform themselves and develop Well-rounded perspective that helps them stand out as creative problem solvers.
According to research, 80% of engineering graduates and more than 60% of MBA graduates in India are unemployable due to a gap between the curriculum content they’re taught and industry requirements. Demanding workplaces today seek candidates with highly sought after skills like agility, creativity, critical thinking, adaptability and the ability to bring order to chaos. Organizations value employees with leadership skills—both parties are keen to bring the need for job-ready and leadership-oriented young professionals into the spotlight.
Shreyasi Singh, Founder & CEO, Harappa Education said, “It’s no secret that the world of work is changing—and has been for some time now. Workplaces are becoming increasingly demanding and there’s also a huge employability gap. At Harappa, we strongly believe that young students and professionals need to have a bias for action, be excellent problem solvers and have the agility to thrive in evolving work environments. We’re thrilled to launch our first Leadership Academy in partnership with Techno India Group and look forward to helping their students become workforce ready. I’m also delighted that students will have the added benefit of strong employer networks through our partnership with enterprises and our immersive understanding of how modern workplaces, companies and jobs are changing.”
Prof. Manoshi Roy Chowdhury, Co-chairman, Techno India Group said, “We are very excited to work with Harappa Education for setting up the Leadership Academy at our university. This association will help our students in reaching new milestones. Leadership as we know has the capacity to converge vision into reality. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. With Harappa Leadership Academy, our students will have the opportunity to learn the right foundational and leadership skills that they will require to succeed in life.”
The Harappa Leadership Academy will offer online courses to build core foundational skills; leadership experience projects to ensure everyday practice of leadership concepts, and workshops that bring leadership skills to life and ensure peer-learning. Additionally, each student will create a personalized leadership journey and work with a leadership coach throughout the semester, through monthly 1-on-1 check-ins.