Where are the relevant training and development programs, ask 63% Indian students 

The Report, which is authored by academics of UK-based Bournemouth University, also suggests that 67% of Indian employers are unsatisfied with the skills of fresh graduates
Pic courtesy: Quartz
Pic courtesy: Quartz

Employers and industry representatives indicated the lack of preparedness of Indian graduates for the world of work, with 67% of the employers and industry representatives indicating the lack of preparedness of Indian graduates for the world of work.

A fresh study on students of various colleges in the country and relevant employers denied having any access to employability and careers services at the institutions.

These students argued that despite knowing that higher education is a key element in equipping them with high-level skills and attributes, there wasn’t much they could do about the negligible exposure to practice-based education in their existing curriculum.

The ‘Global Talent in India - Challenges and Opportunities for Skills Development in Higher Education’  Report was written by researchers at the UK-based Bournemouth University working with a range of Indian stakeholders including IITs, IIMs, the University of Madras and Delhi University.

Employer organizations that participated in the survey included Alibaba India, CNN India, Google, Accor and a range of entrepreneurs.

Academic staff and higher education leaders pointed to the current gap between the university curriculum and contemporary developments in the world of work; with 65% of them feeling that students in India are unable to apply graduate-level skills and competencies in their scope of work

Dr Sonal Minocha, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) of Bournemouth University, is the lead author of this Report. She explained why she took up this subject for research. “Over the last three years, we have been working with a range of stakeholders from industry, academia and government to develop insight and understanding of the challenges faced in developing future ready talent, which is needed for an increasingly global world of work."

Policymakers suggested that a move towards firmly embedding disciplines such as entrepreneurship, innovation and quality research, have the potential to scale up and support the Government’s efforts in skilling India.

The Report was released in Chennai during the Festival of Learning-India 2018. This Festival is a part of the Global Festival of Learning that will be held in three cities of India – Chennai, Pune and New Delhi - before setting-off to China, Hong Kong, along with ASEAN & European countries. The flagship international festival of Bournemouth University, the Global Festival of Learning is a celebration of knowledge, culture and intellect wherein a wide range of issues related to education and career, along with their future in a globalized world will be discussed and presented to a wide global audience.

(The complete ‘Global Talent in India – Challenges and Opportunities for Skills Development in Higher’ Report can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/GTiI_BU)

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