Access to quality education imperative: Bengal Speaker

EXCHANGING NOTES: West Bengal Legislative Assembly Speaker, Hashim Abdul Halim (centre), in discussion with the NIPM national president Partha Chatterjee at the Asia Pacific HRM meet in Chennai on Thursday. A.K. Balyan, director - HR of ONGC ( left ), looks on. — Photo : M. Vedhan  

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: A three-day Asia Pacific conference on human resource management began here on Thursday with West Bengal Legislative Assembly Speaker Hashim Abdul Halim urging the professionals to put their heads together to address the emerging crisis in terms of the quality of manpower.

The country was at the crossroads — caught between its desire to turn the large population of youth to its advantage and finding to its dismay that many graduates are not employable, he said, while inaugurating the meet organised by the National Institute of Personnel Management.

The widespread growth of the educational system had led to a situation where a large number of "ordinary graduates" were being made available to industry. Though the country boasted of a large youth population, most could not afford a proper education.

Under such circumstances, HR managers had the responsibility of "finding out ways and means to provide access to education," he said, expressing confidence that the conference would deliberate on the issue.

The conference chairman and HR Director of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited A.K. Balyan said human resources have emerged as the important capital for economic growth. "The HR capital is the key differentiator between successful companies and others," he said, pointing out that in the emerging new economic order there was need for new strategies to hone HR skills.