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Written by Ganesh   
Thursday, 20 November 2008
India potential solution to World's Skills shortage problem

New Delhi: A holistic approach is needed to address the problem of skills shortage in India. This was the unanimous view of the panelists at the session named A Skills Shortage after the Brain Drain at the 24th India Economic Summit, jointly organized by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). India has a huge brand name internationally in supplying skilled manpower. The panelists felt that with its demographic advantage and the large pool of English speaking people India can well provide the solution to the world's skills shortage problem.

Mr. Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manpower, USA noted that India is a place of talent and that at any point of time around 5 million Indians work abroad. He said the skills shortage problem that India is facing is common across the world. Until this problem leads to a crisis, world over, there will be a tendency to ignore this problem.

According to Mr. James H. Quigley, Global Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte, USA, his company selected India because of its demographic advantage and the availability of an English speaking work force. Responding to the question on how young Indian workers compared with international workers, he said young Indian professionals are outstanding and can easily be compared to international professionals.

Mr. Zakaria A. Hijris, Deputy Chief Executive, Economic Development Board, Bahrain said that Gulf countries have benefited enormously because of the migration of Indian workers. According to him, a positive relationship existed between increasing wages in India and the shortage of quality Indian workers in Bahrain.

While expressing his optimism that India can become a skills pool of the world Mr. Anand Sudarshan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Manipal Education, India said that the process should be properly managed, lest it create problems in the Indian labour market. He also talked about training workers from the rural areas and bringing them into the mainstream to bridge the skills gap.

Mr. Rohit Kumar, President, Higher Education and Internet, Educomp Solutions, India said that there is a shortage of capacity in the Indian education system. However, because of tight regulation by the government private sector entry into the education sector has been stifled.

Discussing the skills shortage in India Mr. Arbind Singh, Executive Director, Nidan, India said that most of the college graduates are unemployable because of lack of job oriented training. He noted that 90% of the school students do not complete their schooling.

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