Majority of graduates lack key biz proficiency skills: Survey
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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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