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‘Thinking engineers’ need of the hour, says expert

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‘India will face a shortage of four million in technical workforce by 2020’

Tech matters:B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, CMD of Infotech Enterprises, addressing a conference at Gitam University in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.— Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar
Tech matters:B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, CMD of Infotech Enterprises, addressing a conference at Gitam University in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.— Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

Infotech Enterprises founder, Chairman and Managing Director B.V.R. Mohan Reddy on Saturday painted a rosy picture about job opportunities in the IT and IT-enabled services with a caution that India’s demographic advantage would turn into a disaster if the engineers failed to develop analytical and creative skills.

He was delivering the keynote address at a one-day conference on employment opportunities and challenges in IT and ITES organised by the IT and ITES Association (ITAP) in association with the GITAM University under the industry-academia connect programme.

Though India’s population had a large percentage of youth giving it demographic dividends, he said this would become a big plus point only when job-ready engineers were made available.

For this, even teaching institutes should focus on recruiting qualified faculty by reinforcing curriculum with industry relevant content.

Mr. Reddy, who is the chairman of Board of Governors, IIT-Hyderabad, said the industry expects the engineers to have problem-solving capabilities using basic scientific principles, systems, tools and technology. “What we need today and tomorrow is thinking engineers with globally acceptable professional skills,” he noted.

Predicting a huge shortfall of talent pool, he said at the current talent availability, India would face a shortage of four million in technical workforce by 2020. GITAM University Vice-Chancellor G. Subrahmanyam and president, ITAP, V. Rajanna, executive director of ITAP Brig. (retired) K. Harikumar, secretary Bipin Chandra Pendyala, chairman of Mahalaxmi Group Y. Harish Chandra Prasad, domain consultant Sanjay Gupta and GITAM registrar Potharaju spoke.


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