The country would require nearly five lakh IT professionals
in the next five years to cater to the growing needs of
the sector, NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik said.
industry currently required three lakh professionals,
and this number was expected to nearly double with the
sector poised for huge growth, he said during the inauguration
of the country''s first IT finishing school.
the huge number of engineering graduates churned out by
various institutes, the industry was left with less than
three lakh professionals to hire from, he said.
many of the new engineering graduates turned entrepreneurs,
some sought jobs overseas while others opted for higher
studies, Karnik pointed out.
he said it was not only shortage of numbers that was a
matter of concern but also the quality of professional
have been expressing our concern on human resource position
in terms of quality. Several graduates lacked polish and
there was huge gap in the areas of soft skills like communication,
articulation, and team work," he said.
setting up of the RIIIT finishing school at Mysore, he
said, would result in the development of industry-ready
also called for liberating education from its current
bureaucratic regulations and encourage private players
to enter the field. The need of the hour was not only
to ensure that the education process turned more responsive
to industry needs but also to rope in industry personnel
in curriculum drafting and training process, he said.
He also called for setting up of special education zones,
bureaucratic regulations and based on pure market forces.
need to look at innovation and explore different avenues,"
he said, adding that such ideas could be experimented
and their viability tested.