Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education, said, “Policy makers, both at the Centre and States, do not seem to have a clue on how to deal with issues of employability. Today citizens don’t want rice, they want jobs that get them cars and houses. The 21st century youth does not want the manufacturing or the agriculture job, and no one understands the problems.” He was delivering the keynote address at the launch of MeritTrac’sAcetrac, a unique employability enhancement program that will assess candidates on employability skills at regular intervals during the graduation study of a student.
Employability’. Prof. Sam Placid – Dean, XIME, Mr. Narayanan Ramaswamy, KPMG (Head of Education Practice), Ms. Sonya Dutta Choudhury – Columnist and author,Mr. HarirajVijayakumar – Former Head of L&D, Cognizant, Mr. Chaitanya Sreenivas – Director-HR, IBM, Prof. Kumar Mohanty – Dean, KIIT University, Mr. MaheshwerPeri – Former journalist were part of the panel.
Mr. Chaitanya Sreenivas – Director-HR, IBM, said, “Automation is here. The number of jobs have not diminished but the skillsets required have changed. The gap needs to be bridged.”
Prof. Sam Placid – Dean, XIME, said, “Jobs have not gone away; nature of jobs are changing. Re-skilling is the need of the hour.”
Mr. Gopal Devanahalli, CEO of MeritTrac Services, said, “Numerous education reform initiatives in India have resulted in a surge in the Gross Enrolment Ratio. This, coupled with a high number of educated youth and a substantial shift in the job landscape has made the employability and the right kind of employability critical.As a responsible stakeholder, MeritTrac believes that it has an active role to play in making the future of India employable. With its years of experience, MeritTrac has a clear understanding of what the corporates want and the state of talent pool in academic institutions.We believe that AceTrac will complement India’s skill building initiatives by systematically enhancing job-readiness of candidates thereby making them gainfully employable.”
Mr. Nagendran Sundararajan, Executive Vice President of MeritTrac Services said, “Corporates and their recruiters have been looking for a solution that can help them recruit job-ready candidates. The educational institutions and the student community have been looking for solutions that will help them improve their employability quotient during their college study. AceTrac has evolved out of this market need and MeritTrac’s 17 years of experience in employability assessments. Employability is not measured through an arbitrary score, and it varies from one job to the other.In this context, we believe that most students can become employable for varying of jobs and skillsets. What is important is to understand the strengths, areas of improvement and interests of individual students and help them in becoming employable. The AceTrac platform has been made intuitive to help corporates identify the employable talent they look for. We believe AceTrac will immensely help student community to transform themselves as job and career ready.