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Education should not be limited to career, says Krishnaraj Vanavarayar

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‘It should focus on nation-building from the school-level'

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On academic:K. Jayaramakrishnan, vice-president, Tata Consultancy Services, speaking at the inauguration of ICTACT BRIDGE conference in the city on Wednesday. —

COIMBATORE: Focus of education should be on nation-building and on human excellence, according to B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Coimbatore.

Inaugurating the ICTACT Bridge programme on “Focus on Recruitment Trends 2011,” organised by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu here on Wednesday, he said that right applicability of the knowledge gained by students was important. They should be able to identify themselves with the organisation they worked for, innovate and excel. Career should not be the only goal and education should not be limited to career.

When the country's economy was growing at eight per cent annually, there was a demand for manpower and finding a job was not a problem. The education system should be restructured so that the focus was on nation-building from the school-level. It should look at human excellence and not just academic excellence, he said.

K. Jayaramakrishnan, Vice-President of Tata Consultancy Services, said that a study was conducted in 2003-04 to find out the skill gap in candidates recruited by Information Technology (IT) and IT Enabled Services (ITES) companies and project the future requirements. Soft skills were one of the main gaps. Only about 25 per cent of the students were employable and this had not changed even now. Technology and business areas also required focus. The ICT Academy decided to train teachers on these fronts so that the students could be equipped to meet the industry needs.

S. Sridharan, Managing Director of Take Solutions, said two main challenges for the IT and ITES industries were the rapidly developing new generation solutions and skill. Change was driven by technology now and it was a fast development. The IT industry was driven by people. The lateral movement of talent was leading to high salaries at the top level and man power shortage at the lowers levels. C. Swaminathan, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University, said students had to be trained in various skills to be job-ready. About 150 faculty members of the University were trained by the academy last year and more would be trained this year. The industry should train faculty in real-time industry environment and share the research problems with the academic community.

M. Sivakumar, Chief Executive Officer of ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, said that apart from the 500 participants, 70,000 students watched the event through webcast in 170 colleges.

K. Purushothaman, Regional Director of NASSCOM, said the event discussed measures to improve industry – institute interaction.

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