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Turning recession to advantage

DISMAL SITUATION: MCA students of Bharathidasan University brace up for the bleak job scenario caused by global economic slump

DISMAL SITUATION: MCA students of Bharathidasan University brace up for the bleak job scenario caused by global economic slump   | Photo Credit: Photo: R.M. RAJARATHINAM

R. KRISHNAMOORTHY

Economic recession reflected in the declining number of jobs has dampened the spirits of students, especially those who are looking forward to pursuing lucrative careers in IT sector.

But, they do not feel desperate as yet. The inevitability of joblessness or underemployment has only prompted them to carry out some introspection on how to adapt to the changing situations.

Students of the II year MCA of Bharathidasan University, for instance, are in the process of evaluating their core competencies to overcome the situation.

Their general premise is that IT being an evergreen industry, is bound to bounce back. But most of them agree that the onus is on the country to place the industry on the right trajectory.

The government should step in by initiating steps to engage IT and computer science students optimally for creating a strong e-governance set-up, according to K. Sivapriya.

E. Aastin, L. Vikash Mehta and N. Swetha are confident that the setback is only of a temporary nature. Till the situation turns vibrant, institutions must establish incubation and innovation centres, facilitating students to take up projects at competitive costs. The duration will also be convenient to pursue research interests, they say.

R. Ganesh Kumar sounds a note of optimism, saying that but for a few, the IT companies in the country are still in robust shape. R. Thiruneelakandan points out that the best of capabilities surface in crisis situations. His emphasis is on the companies transforming into service providers, thereby reducing dependence on other countries. And K.R. Naveen Ravi is looking forward to equipping himself with the knowledge and skills to make a successful entry into the telecommunications arena. Though cautiously optimistic, Department Head Gopinath Ganapathy and faculty George, concur with the students’ views.

The situation, according to them, requires the government, the industry sector and institutions of higher education to get their acts together to evolve a long-term perspective. They insist on a compulsory sabbatical for industry professionals to enrich the skill transfer process in institutions. According to Dr. Gopinath, the growth of IT should be oriented towards various domains including automobile and telecommunications. He also advocates additional skill infusion for MCA candidates for gaining expertise in the areas of SAP and ERP.

They can equip themselves to take up software jobs in Defence Research and Development Organisations, Indian Space Research Organisations and other such top-notch entities.

“Of course, the demand for computer science and IT courses is bound to recede significantly next year, but the situation might not be as bad as in 2001 in the wake of the dotcom bust,” says Dr. Gopinath.

From the perspective of institutions, there is a lesson to be learnt. Rather than stopping with inviting recruiters to conduct campus recruitments, institutions must move in the direction of entering into tie-ups with IT concerns and get nodal centres of the industries established in their premises for prototyping of innovative products, he adds.



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