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Majority of graduates lack key biz proficiency skills: Survey

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 18:53

Mumbai: A majority of graduates in India lack basic business proficiency skills and over 40 percent students give more importance to employability skills over domain knowledge, a survey has said.

The survey was conducted by research agency Frost &
Sullivan on behalf of Indian School of Integrated Learning
(ISIL) to identify, describe and produce an analysis of the
interacting factors which influence the learning choices of
students and to develop associated solutions.

It was conducted across three cities - Mumbai, Delhi
and Bangalore - and feedbacks were collected from 1,000
students across 20 educational institutions.

Mumbai students rated themselves less proficient on
communication and decision-making skills, while their Delhi
counterparts considered domain knowledge and presentation
skills more important, the survey said.

All skills are considered much more important by
Bangalore students as compared to other centers, it said.

"Indians, undoubtedly, are very competent in their
technical skills, but this does not suffice anymore to make
them globally competitive. Indian companies today are
emphasising the importance of soft-skills training," the
survey said.

ISIL has tied-up with global soft-skills training
provider, Speak First, to impart what it terms `Gen-Next
corporate training` to Indian students and professionals.

ISIL will be offering the necessary employable skills
to the students through one-year Advanced Diploma Courses and
four-month Certificate Courses in business proficiency skills.

The programme will be conducted by corporate trainers,
professional managers and behavioural specialists in Mumbai,
Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad from November.

"The time ahead is very challenging as the global job
market is undergoing dramatic changes. Companies today want
candidates to be more proactive rather than reactive and want
graduates who can use soft-skills to facilitate innovative
teamwork to catalyse the transformation of their
organisation," ISIL Chairman Vijay Moza told reporters here.

Highlighting the immense potential in this segment,
Moza said corporates would like to employ people with the
requisite skills.

"At present, there is a gap between what they
(companies) require and what they get. They have to spend a
lot of time and money on training. ISIL and Speak First will
address this need of corporates," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 18:53

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