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Sharing views: Managing Director and CEO of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions India F. Pickhard speaking at ‘Connect Coimbatore 2009’ on Friday. —
Sharing views: Managing Director and CEO of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions India F. Pickhard speaking at ‘Connect Coimbatore 2009’ on Friday. —

Staff Reporter

‘Improve skills of students to meet industry needs’

COIMBATORE: Indian cities, especially the tier-two ones, need to focus on improving infrastructure to attract the creative workforce from different countries, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions India, F. Pickhard, said here on Friday.

Inaugurating Connect Coimbatore 2009, the annual IT event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, he said that lack of a location’s attractiveness to the “creative talent” was an area of concern. “If India wants to climb up the international forum for high-end talent then their special needs should be addressed,” he said. This included good streets, power supply, recreation facilities, etc. “We have to prepare the society for it.”

He added that though a large number of students graduated every year, just about 25 per cent were directly employable by the multinational companies. Bosch was ready to work with colleges here to equip the students with employability skills. The “talent war” was likely to be back in 2010 and the skills of students should be improved to meet the industry needs.

Bosch India had centres in Coimbatore and Bangalore. Coimbatore centre currently employed about 1,500 people and this was likely to go up to 2,500 by 2010.

Investment

The new campus of the company coming up here would be completed in four phases. The first phase would be commissioned by April and it had an investment of nearly 20 million euros.

Ranga Shetty, Senior Director (Engineering) of Yahoo Inc, India, said that when business was lean, everyone spoke of doing more work with less resources. Instead, the focus could be on doing less work with less resources and still win. Time was the most precious asset. Consumers needed limited, but the right features. Lesser number of features, options and preferences would save on product development.

L. Stanislaus, General Manager of the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu, said the Tidel park works were going on here. The warm shell would be ready by the end of September this year. The total built up area at the park would be 1.7 million sq.ft. This would include about nine lakh sq.ft of IT space. Booking for space would start from June.

Ashok Bakthvathsalam, convenor of the ICT Panel of the CII – Coimbatore Zone, said the theme for the conference was “Innovative ICT for World-Class Enterprises” and it had three main sessions: web for growth, cost-effective ICT and emerging opportunities. C.N. Ashok, chairman of CII – Coimbatore Zone, welcomed the gathering.

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