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Thursday, May 11, 2006
Industry & Economy
States - Karnataka
`Karnataka should strengthen educational infrastructure'
Global business was concerned with quality and timely delivery for which quality of manpower played a critical role.
MR N.R.NARAYANA MURTHY
Bangalore , May 10
Karnataka's leadership position in software exports should not be allowed to be diluted by reservation or leniency in recruitment standards. The State, which has maintained sustained growth in information technology, should make efforts to strengthen educational infrastructure with emphasis on quality and equity to retain its competitive edge.
Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies, said global business was concerned with quality and timely delivery for which quality of manpower played a critical role.
It was important that more educational institutions with full autonomy giving primacy to merit were added to enhance quality of education, he said at an investiture ceremony organised by the Rotary Bangalore Midtown.
The award has been instituted by Prestige Group, leading real estate company.
Mr Murthy said lowering standards by giving in to quota system would affect the quality of education and the manpower. This would prove unviable for the growth of business, he said.IT industry generates large employment opportunities, but with constraints of quality had forced it to look for talent outside, he said. Infosys found it difficult to absorb all applicants due to quality issue, Mr Murthy said forcing it to reject 98 per cent of the applicants and depend on outside talent.
"We cannot afford to do that. We should find jobs for all."
Apart from education, the need to focus on other infrastructure like quality airports, roads and hotels should get priority, Mr Murthy said.
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