Companies are looking for candidates with the right skills at the right place at the right time. This has been the case of all the recruiting companies in the IT industry, former COO of Wipro Ltd and President of Sri Sri University A.L. Rao said.

The industry cannot expect readymade workers from the colleges. And institutions cannot always be up to date with the latest technologies.

Delivering the keynote address at the symposium ‘The Future of Indian IT Industry 2013-20: Meeting the Industry Demand by Academia’ organised by GVP College of Engineering and IBM here on Friday, he said it is tough for colleges to keep changing the syllabus to cope with the changing technologies which have a short life-span of six to seven years,

He advised the students to focus on re-skilling and urged the faculty to stay updated on the developments in technology.

Emphasising on the employability factor, he said while there are thousands of projects waiting for people, there are thousands of people waiting for projects. This is basically due to a mismatch between the available and required skills.

Life is not easy for the managements of academic institutions they are answerable to not just the students, but also their parents apart from the Government and various statutory bodies, he explained. Even the industry pins a lot of expectation on the academic institutions, which sometimes is a little unrealistic, he added.

Information Technology is a tool for enhancing the quality of life of humans and society. IT enables the users to get the maximum out of machines, global head Co-Innovation Network Tata Consultancy Services Debasis Bandyopadhyay said.

(This article was published on December 17, 2012)
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