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An academy for picking the right candidate

AND THIS one is about jobs. Or helping corporates find competent candidates.

An academy to help corporates with their rigorous selection process (that normally features technical and psychometric tests) to get competent candidates was opened in Chennai today. Ma Foi Academy, the career training division of Ma Foi Management Consultants, was inaugurated by R. Ramaraj, Managing Director and CEO of Sify Limited.

The Academy spread over 7,500 sq. ft. provides talent-training programmes for IT and ITES sectors. Its programme on Information Technology will benefit organisations that cannot invest in infrastructure for training, said the Managing Director of Ma Foi, Pandia Rajan.

Mr. Rajan told reporters that many top companies go to `Tier-I' colleges for recruitment, but there were many `Tier-II colleges,' which had talented employable students, who need a little bit of training.

The new academy will just address this issue. The latest Nasscom report had talked of a huge gap existing between the candidates available and their employability. Only 7-8 of every 100 graduates qualify under the employers' criteria. The booming IT and ITES industry, which had the potential to employ large number of graduates in India, is constrained by this factor, Mr. Rajan said.

Mr. Rajan said Ma Foi was placing nearly 2,000 candidates across all fields in a month and with this Academy it was hopeful of placing another 1,000 a month. The 11-week full-time programme for IT, which would be targeted at graduate engineers, MCAs and postgraduates with computer science as core subject, offered extensive training in technology. The IT Enabled Services programme would be targeted at fresh graduates, said Asokan Pichai, Head (Technology and Career Training), Ma Foi.

The Chairman of Vedior NV, Zach Miles, who was here for the inauguration, pointed to the rising concern about the dearth for good candidates in the IT and ITES sector in India. To retain its competitive advantage, the country needs to address this issue immediately and build a strong base of employment manpower. Vedior NV is a Euro six billion Dutch manpower solutions company, which has picked up 76 per cent majority stake in Ma Foi.

Mr. Zach Miles said Ma Foi Academy would play an important role in identifying industry specific issues and offer highly focused training programmes, hence bridging the gap between requirements and availability.

By Shanthi Kannan