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The telecom sector is growing at a tremendous pace. Photo. K. R. Deepak

Though the telecom sector is growing at a tremendous pace, the growth of trained manpower is not commensurate with the demand. The convergence of voice and data in telecom networks and the convergence of telecom with consumer electronics have opened up the need for trained manpower.

The convergence has led to technology providers shifting from proprietary to open systems, which in turn created ample employment opportunities for equipment manufacturers, suppliers and service providers and thus increased the need for trained managers to manage these services.

The employee to telephones lines ratio of 40:1000 in India is the optimum in the world, but even after taking the moderate figure of seven per 1,000, with the addition of six million new lines at least 42,000 jobs could be created a year.

The Indian Institute of Telecom Management (IITM) has come up with post-graduate, undergraduate and certificate courses in telecom management to cater for the yawning gap between demand and supply of qualified professionals.

IITM, started in Delhi in 2003, is recognised by the JRN Rajasthan Vidya Peeth, a deemed university. It opened study centres in different States and is offering various courses under its distance education programme.

The Vizag centre, opened in June last year, is being run under the aegis of Saraswathi Sanketika Vidya Society (SSVS), Dwarakanagar (Tel: 0891-5516939). "Currently, India is significantly behind global telecom standards on all key service parameters and risks losing 6.5 lakh jobs every year," say V. Ratan, managing director, and B.R. Santosh, executive director (administration and finance), of the study centre.

The last date for admission into the winter session has been extended to March 25. The admissions for the summer sessions will be held in July. Admissions would be done on the basis of the Management Admission Test (MAT), conducted by the All-India Management Association, from the summer session onwards.

"While the regular theory classes would be handled by seven faculty members, experts in the field from different parts of the country would be deputed by the IITM to deliver guest lectures during weekends.

"A fresh candidate who undergoes the telecom management course can expect over Rs.1.2 lakhs per annum and those with eight to 10 years experience can earn anywhere between Rs.7.5 lakhs to Rs.13 lakhs per annum," says Mr. Ratan.

For details of IITM study centres and courses log on to www.iitmedu.org

By B. Madhu Gopal

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