The image of the world’s economy being fueled by the avalanche of talent within India when it comes to information technology (IT) is something that’s taken a hit since the start of the year. Indeed, a key executive from one of the country’s major companies has offered a pessimistic vision of the future when it comes to the evolution of this industry.
Srinivas Kandula, the CEO of Capgemini India, noted that what’s involved with adaptation to a more digital-friendly environment may be too much of a challenge for the current workforce. The reason stems from the fact that many of the individuals who might ordinarily be considered to advance into upper-level jobs are graduates of Indian engineering schools with a suspect track record when it comes to the quality of their students.
Kandula estimated that up to 65 percent of the current workforce within the country don’t have the aptitude to be trained in the newest technologies. As ominous as those numbers are, they’re actually an improvement from a study that was released a few months ago. Those numbers show that the number of people in this category may reach 80 percent.
Given the fact that nearly four million people are employed domestically with IT companies, that’s a stark assessment, regardless of which number may be closer to accurate. A firm that lobbies for the industry, Nasscom, isn’t quite as dour, yet they still place the number of people in need of retraining at 1.5 million.
Right now, Kandula’s focus is on working with freshers, which describes people who have no experience in the field. His belief is that eradicating the poor habits learned in bad schools won’t be necessary, making these individuals more malleable in their development.