Getting good and skilled manpower is always a challenge for industry. With the ever changing technology it has become even more difficult. VIKANT SAHAY finds out how Goa’s industry bodies are helping colleges to prepare and deliver manpower to fit industry requirements
Even though Goa talks about setting up industries for creation of jobs, question arises whether Goa is producing quality manpower.
Students coming out of engineering colleges from Goa need to add further skill sets to get a decent job. Goa is one of the top states in the country to spend heavily on education. What lacks is the matching of curriculum with the industry requirement as technology moves faster and education needs to keep pace with the ever changing industry scenario.
However, efforts are being made to modernise the education system and make it more contemporary and this is done mostly by the industry bodies. In fact, these organizations have taken up the challenge to help students to get ‘connected’ with the industry. This is being done by offering technological help, training, interactions and even internships.
Chairman of the Education Committee of GCCI, Raghuveer Vernekar informed that there is always a grouse that education institutions do not provide the necessary upgraded skill sets through their curriculum.
“We are in the process of coming out with an application (app) which will help bridge the gap between colleges and industry. In fact, we are encouraging colleges to send their teachers on formal training with the industry. Within next ten days we will be requesting other business bodies across the board to help us by giving us live projects for the students. We will then approach the colleges who will be interested in taking up these projects,” said Vernekar.
President of the Manufacturing Association of Information and Technology (MAIT), Nitin Kunkolienker was very candid in saying, “No. There is a huge mismatch between the industry expectations and what the academic systems are providing. Why have states like Andhra, Karnataka and Telangana emerged as IT hubs? The one single reason is their open and liberalised education system. The solution in Goa has to be progressive and we need not talk about policies of protection and instead we should talk about the promotion of Goan talent. We can understand about the government colleges but why are private colleges not allowed to set up their own fee structure? Shouldn’t I be allowed to compete?” asked Kunkoleinker who is also a board member of several schools and colleges in Goa.
“While Goa is concentrating on building up infrastructure, roads power etc education is equally or even more important than these sectors. We should promote skill development and the soft infrastructure of the State. If Chief Minister wants to handle education, he should not take up any other ministries beyond education, finance and home. This will allow him more time to work on education development and drive it as a transformation process of the State. The benefits of this will be in the long term and it will take some years to show. Every country which has focused on skill development has progressed by leaps and bounds,” he added.
Kunkoleinker mentioned that there is a disconnect between the colleges in the state which is offering same courses. “We have administrative and academic bureaucracy and this academic bureaucracy is not integrated and there is a disconnect. Everyone is working in silos and we are busy building statistics. Indian economy is 2.5 trillion dollars and we produce 15 lakh engineers every year and in contracts US economy ($16 trillion) is more than ten times of India and they produce only one lakh engineers per year which is innovation based. One must create what is required,” added Kunkoleinker.
President of the GTA, Mangirish Salelkar said that we have 70 members and all our members have different skill sets. “We have signed a MoU with at least three colleges in Goa to provide them all skills whenever required. Apart from technical help, we are also ready to make them (students) industry ready by training them on how to appear before an interview board. It is natural that in a short period of time it may be difficult for the students to grasp but they will get a fair bit of idea about the industry and its ever changing and dynamic requirements,” Salelkar said.