The Institute of Management Consultants of India organised Seminar on “Skill Development in India – Opportunities and Challenges”

Hyderabad: On the occasion of International Consultants Day, The Institute of Management Consultants of India, Hyderabad chapter, in association with Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management organized a seminar on the topic “Skill Development in India – Opportunities and Challenges”. The seminar was in dedicated to the memory of Shri. Nandakumar Sankaran, a renowned Management Conultants and former Chairman of IMCI Hyderabad.

The panel of speakers espoused perspectives from the government, corporate sector and academic institutions. Mr Ameya Vanjari- Head Technology, Tata Strive, Mr MadhukarBabu, Executive Director in Employment Generation and Marketing Mission (EGMM) in department of PR and Rural Development, Govt. of Telangana and Mr Prasad R – Director, Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) Hyderabad formed the panel which was moderated by Mr Suresh Kumar who is Vice President HR for Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.

The president of IMCI Hyderabad chapter Mr Vijaya Saradhi gave the opening remarks on the significance of International Consultants Day and briefed on the activities of IMCI, Hyderabad.

The key note address was made by Mr Uppuluri Srinivasa Venu, Vice President Projects, Amara Raja Power Systems, the sponsor for the event. The panel referred to the huge skill development challenge in India, with an estimated 40 crore to undergo skilling by 2022. While there is 100% enrolment upto Class 5, only 54% of the 1.2 billion population in India enrol in classes 11 &12 and only 24% go beyond Class 12.
The speakers pointed out the cultural stigma attached to Blue Collar jobs in India which is a challenge in promoting technical training.

Mr Madhukar Babu, brought out the contribution of EGMM in training and skilling rural youth and the support the youth are being provided to settle down in the city. He pointed out the effectivness of ” 90 days English Work Readiness and Computer course”. He referred to the utilization of Aadhar enabled attendance, Iris scanning to effectively perform and monitor the activities of their department. Mr. Madhukar Babu implored the youth not to be carried away by English Communication and instead take inspiration from the Prime Minister Modi speaking in Hindi during his overseas visits.

Mr Vanjari focused on the contribution of TATA Strive an initiative from the TATA group towards Skill Development by setting up more than 60+ Strive Centers in 20+ states across India. Mr. Vanjari commented “with the average of 29 years in India compared to 34 years in China, we have a tremendous strategic advantage in the world today which needs to be utilized” Tata Strive in 2 years have touched 1,40,000 youth.

Mr Prasad focused on the challenges of skill development and suggested the initial step of higher education best suited for employability development. In India, 3.6 crore students are enrolled in higher education so he focused the discussion on the fact that there is lot of scope for employability impact.
Dr A R Aryasri – Honorary Secretary of IMCI gave vote of thanks.