Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Friday, Dec 17, 2004

News
Features
Stocks
Cross Currency
Shipping
Archives
Google

Group Sites

Industry & Economy - Education


Call to focus on vocational training, not reservation

Our Bureau

Hyderabad , Dec. 16

INSTEAD of insisting on reservations in the private sector, the country should focus on preparing the workforce, including those from the marginalised sections, to tap the unfolding business and employment opportunities, sections of the corporate sector say.

Mr Swaminathan Mani, Director of Technical Alliance Consulting, preferred the alliance approach as a practical step rather than individual companies going about it on their own.

Referring to the issue of reservations in the private sector at the `Linking Livelihoods' seminar on Thursday,he said, "Guidance could always be given and discrimination, if any, addressed."

The panellists in the discussion organised by the Dr Reddy's Foundation opined that reservations in the corporate sector would not work because surviving in the global market required world-class standards. So rather than giving reservations, workforce should be geared to face the challenges.

Mr Satish Reddy, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Dr Reddy's Laboratories, called for a paradigm shift from conventional education to vocational training.

Mr Kedarnath Udiyavar, Head of Polaris Software Lab Limited (Hyderabad), said it would be disastrous to insist on reservations in the sector. It is retrograde. The country should focus on workforce preparedness rather than frittering away its energies on imposing reservations.

The IT and ITES sectors needed 1.4 million top-notch additional workforce to support a $50-billion opportunity in the next five years, said Mr Kedarnath, who is also the President of Hyderabad Software Exporters Association (HYSEA).

For Mr K. Srinivas, Chief Executive Officer of AirTel (Andhra Pradesh), women had great scope in the service industry. "In the service sector, women by nature tend to excel," he observed.

Despite the absence of any law, the company made a conscious move to employ more than nearly meeting the proposed 33 per cent reservations norm.

In fact, it is a win-win situation. "They ensure good synergy," he said. When companies branched out into the hinterland, it would make sense to employ local people. "We can help them meet the requirements," he said.

More Stories on : Education | Andhra Pradesh | Employment

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication :: Printer Friendly Page



Stories in this Section
Dumping duty on acrylic fibre imports from Belarus


Prices of essential commodities have not increased: AP Minister
Engineering export promotion body raises target this fiscal
India, Czech call for greater bilateral trade
Centre asks cos to beef up trade with African countries
Input output norms for 28 new export items
FICCI survey calls for de-risking oil needs to mitigate price rise impact
Centre's assurance on Mangalore SEZ
Will generic drugs from India dry up?
Towards energy conservation and rational pricing
`Kudankulam N-project to be ready by 2007'
Minister urges power distribution cos to adopt global best practices
States' share in divisible tax pool may be hiked to 30.5 pc — 12th Finance Commission to submit report today
More taxes to come under VAT net
VAT panel to initiate national-level talks
No takers yet for textile cluster infrastructure scheme funds
Truck, bus tyre production dips marginally in Oct
Shortage of explosives may lead to cutback in coal production
Assocham sees 4 pc growth in FMCG sector during next fiscal
PM launches Prasar Bharati's DTH service
Call to focus on vocational training, not reservation
MMA students' convention from tomorrow
Industrialists lay stress on quality education
ACMA not too worried about Re rise
Altos launches gold accumulation programme
Hyderabad to host BioAsia meet in Feb
Disinvestment Dept `divested' of full-time Secretary — Sisodia to hold additional charge
Pickle project launched in TN
FAPCCI meet on reviving sick SSI units
New PGM for Hyderabad telecom dist



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line