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NATIONAL SEMINAR ON EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN UK AND INDIA

11 February 2016, Ball Room, Hotel Leela, Mumbai
 
Bombay Chamber organised a National Seminar on Education and Employment Opportunities in UK and India as a part of UKIERI activity with the objective of stimulating interaction amongst educational institutes and industries from UK and India, showcasing skill development and educational initiatives of British Council.
 
Mr. Pravin Rane, Assistant Director, Bombay Chamber briefed the audience regarding Bombay chamber’s initiative under UKIERI project. He emphasised on Bombay Chamber’s initiative regarding capacity building of SMEs through trainings in the area of business processes and soft skills.
 
 
Dr.  Adil Malia, Group President – HR, Essar Group was the Chief Guest at the seminar. He presented perspectives on changing global scenario in the context of employment opportunities and the changing role of educational institutes. In a global environment; the concept of money, boundaries of market and business domain keeps on changing with changes in technology. Every time it creates a new equilibrium by disrupting the old one. In the long run, human resource is a sole factor of value creation. It is this pivot around which the value of other factors gets decided. Therefore, educational institutes have major responsibility of creating learning mindset, developing the technique of unlearning things, adapt to new systems and building a sense of curiosity among the students. It will help them to explore new employment opportunities. 

On behalf of Dr. S.K.Mahajan, Director –Technical, Govt. of Maharashtra; Prof. Y. I. Shah, Officer on Special Duty, made a presentation. He focused on Training opportunities in Maharashtra where he pointed out initiatives taken by Directorate of Technical Education in the area of creating knowledge pools, skill and training development program, building autonomous institutes, self finance institute etc. At the onset of globalisation, there is need of evolution of education sector with much broader perspective where skill training program are equally important along with educational qualification. He pointed out; there is mismatch between the outflow of graduates and the rate of employment opportunities created. Hence there is a need to explore new fields and developed opportunities rather blindly following the trend.  

Mr. Glen McMahon, International Project Manager at Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Ireland spoke about Employer Engagement on an International Stage. He gave overview of Belfast Metropolitan College and the policies which college adopt to make itself globally competitive for example - BMC used to set content & delivery of the course as per industrial demand apart from that they used to provide tailor made courses of short as well as long duration. He pointed out that for while identifying potential partnerships or formation of collaborations; they used to take a brief look at the history, journey of institution, investments into research department, ranking, courses offered etc. Hence he suggested all academic institutes should consider these points which will help them to attract foreign direct investment in education sector as well.
 
 
 
Panel Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges in Foreign Collaborations (From Left Ms. Shailaja Mulay, a Senior Educationist , Mr. Ratnadeep Lal, Founder Chairman, International Institute of Fashion Technology, Dr. Satyendra Nayak, Former President – Unit Trust of India, Dr. Ajith Kaliyath, South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub, National Institute of Urban Affairs,)
 
Dr. Nayak put forth the holistic view in demographic structure as far as employment and education opportunities are concerned. He said that a nation’s progress in large extent not only depends upon its natural endowments i.e. factor of production but also on  intense interaction between industry and education institutes. He pointed out that there is a lack of investment in educational infrastructure. So  many Indian students prefer to go abroad for further studies. On this issue, Dr. Kaliyath said that during student exchange program or foreign collaborations, students are exposed to different culture and different work systems. Hence internationalisation of institution is a great opportunity. We have to deconstruct the vision of “Make in India – skill capital of world” for National Skill Building process. On the similar front Mr. Lal said that in developed countries, education institutes adopt multidisciplinary approach towards learning & have well known industrialist on their board of council. This ensures an effective interface between industrialist and academic institution. For that we have to looks for opportunities from three sides: Eyesight, Insight, and Foresight.

Panel Members discussed challenges they faced for sector specific skill set during the hiring process such as absence of standard curriculum, quality of education, lack of expertise, enormous training, oversupply & under supply of talent etc. On this front, Mr. Mashru pointed out that there is a disconnect between academic institutions and industries as we are caught in our  own system and process so to overcome this contingency, there is need of initiatives from both the sides. On the similar line, panel members shared their initiatives such as tie ups with academic institutions, offering apprenticeship to students, creating special courses as per industrial demand etc. For the purpose of cost effectiveness, industries have their tie up only with tier one & tier two colleges. It does not trickle down to common students and it’s a major concern on the part of equal opportunities. Hence there is a need to bridge the gap between classroom and boardroom for exploring more opportunities. 

 
Panel Discussion on Expectations of the Employers from Training Organizations and Employment Scenario (from Left Mr. Ashish Jha, Associate Director – Business Development, CRISIL Ratings, Mr. Praveen Vashishta, Executive Chairman, Howden Asia & Middle East, . Dr. D. Prasanth Nair - Managing Partner & Country Head, In Helm Leadership Solutions,  Mr. Jairaj Mashru, Program Director, Indian School of Management& Entrepreneurship, Mr. Balmurali, Director – HR, Samsara Group, Mr. Devdutt Kadrekar, VP - Human Resources for South West Asia, Lloyd's Register Asia.
 
The seminar was concluded with Vote of Thanks by Mr. Vijay Srirangan, Director General, Bombay Chamber. He thanked all supported organisations - UKIERI , Belfast Met, SIDBI, BCTEMS, BMA(Bombay Management association, and active participants which are mix of Academic faculties ,Training and Placement officers ,HR and Placement agencies.
 
 
 

Seamless Integration - Need for Skill Developed India by Mr. Adil Malia, Essar Group

 

UKIERI promotes sustainable projects by Mr.Glen Mcmahon,Belfastmet

Pace of Adaptation matters - Senior Educationist Ms Shailaja Mulay

Life at Belfast - Experience Shared by Dr. Ajith Kaliyath

Flexibility is the must for bridging the gap - Mr. Jairaj Mashru

Mobility of People is inevitable in diffusion of Knowledge and Innovation - Dr Prasanth Nair

Soft skills is the Key to Success for Insurance sector - Mr .Praveen Vashishta, Howden Group

Initiatives of Lloyds Register in the area of Emplyability - Mr. Devdutt Kadrekar

 

Approach of academic institutions needs to be changed by Mr.Ashish Jha,CRISIL

Economic needs define and direct the migration of workforce, by Mr. Balmurali

Everyone needs to be a Self Learner - Dr Vasundhara Padmanabhan, Principal,KJ Somaiya

 

 

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