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‘India will need a workforce of 500 million people by 2022'

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We must need to devise our own growth strategy: Ramadorai

Fresh talent:Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. vice-chairman S. Ramadorai (left) and D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, with the gold medallists at the 17th annual convocation of the SDM Institute for Management Development in Mysore on Thursday.— Photo: M.A. SRIRAM
Fresh talent:Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. vice-chairman S. Ramadorai (left) and D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, with the gold medallists at the 17th annual convocation of the SDM Institute for Management Development in Mysore on Thursday.— Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. vice-chairman S. Ramadorai has said that the country should build a globally employable workforce of 500 million people, comprising 100 million university graduates and 400 million vocationally skilled people, by 2022 to sustain its growth.

Challenge

Mr. Ramadorai, who is adviser to the Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council, said: “No country in the world faces such a challenge, and we have no precedent, or case example, to fall back on. So, we must devise our own strategies, be willing to experiment and be bold to try new and innovative solutions.

“Some of which may fail, but that is part of the learning process.”

Unique position

During his address at the 17th annual convocation of SDM Institute for Management Education here on Thursday, he said India was uniquely poised to reap the advantages provided by a nation of a billion connected people, with over 800 million mobile phones, and a global leadership in information and communication technology and software.

Technologies

He said new technologies were changing how we teach, learn, and engage — in classrooms as well as in informal learning spaces.

Techniques such as blogging, podcasting, and video-blogging had emerged as some of the key strategies for consideration.

Mr. Ramadorai said some wonderful initiatives were taking place in the country that were transforming wish lists of the people into reality. “According to a World Bank report in 2009, a 10 per cent increase in broadband penetration leads to a 1.38 per cent increase in per capita Gross Domestic Product in developing countries.

“India's rural broadband infrastructure network plan, which was approved last year, will connect 2,50,000 panchayats in the country,” he explained.


  • ‘New technologies are changing how we teach, learn, and engage'

  • ‘Blogging, podcasting and video-blogging have emerged as key strategies for consideration'


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