‘Unlearn to keep pace with changing business dynamics'

Suggestions for industry internships from the very first semester, continuous interactions between institutes and industries and the need to develop ‘unlearning' as a skill were the focus points at a panel discussion held at the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli (IIM-T).

Organised to mark the first anniversary of IIM-T's foundation, the panel discussion dwelled on the expectations of the industry from management graduates.

The panel, which consisted of R.Chandrasekaran, President and Managing Director, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Xavier L'Official, Chief Executive Officer, Societe Generale Global Solutions Centre (Bangalore) and Srikant Gathoo, Director, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, discussed perspectives of the corporate sector, public sector and the banking sector along with their specific requirements.

“Today, with companies having to constantly change their business models to keep pace with development, the ability to unlearn old concepts and pick up new ones quickly is the most important skill-set we look out for among graduates,” said Mr. Gathoo.

Quoting a recent study conducted by the Knowledge Commission on management studies in India, he said there are 2,000 business schools in the country.

A graduate from any of these B-schools can be recruited as a useful resource only after imparting skill-based training and development of soft skills, he added.

Talent pool

Commenting on the mammoth number of Indian graduates entering the market each year, Mr. Xavier said that the Indian talent pool is often willing to think differently.

“When a graduate shows the capacity to reinvent existing concepts, bring in new ideas, face challenges and use his creativity and emotional intelligence to distinguish his work, he is most likely to succeed,” he said. Emphasising the need to match personal values with that of the company, he said employers often look out for people they think will feel good in their environment.

Using Cognizant's success story as a case study, Mr. Chandrasekaran talked about how the seamless integration of MBA graduates into their framework has greatly improved the quality of their services.

Pointing out that the number of engineers under each manager in their company has gone down from 35 to 24, he said there was ample scope for MBA students in the field of Information and Technology.

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