“The need of the hour for the industry is a specialized set of skills beyond the traditional course curriculum. “In a transformed COVID-19 and post COVID-19 world where virtual/digital becomes integral to industrial operations in a way never before, such guidance in IoT areas of cybersecurity and network communication become all the more important for future talent development,” said Rajarshi Banerjee, Head of ABB Ability Customer Experience and Innovation – AMEA, ABB.
The company has created qualification packs to define the competency standards that will provide a framework for academic institutions to design their course curriculum to better conform to industry hiring standards. These have been approved by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), and National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC). This, in turn, will help create a pool of skilled talent that companies across sectors could hire from.
Amit Aggarwal, CEO, IT-ITES Sector Skills Council, NASSCOM, said that, “As the world gets increasingly connected, IoT emerges as an even more prominent technology for our future. With the number of businesses adopting IoT technologies constantly growing, the industry is in need of a qualified workforce that can deliver intelligent solutions for changing consumer and business behaviour.”
NASSCOM estimates that nearly 40% of the country’s workforce needs to be reskilled if they are to work in the artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), machine learning and blockchain spaces. To this effect, the government will popularize the initiative in academic institutions across the country, to help bridge the prominent skill gap that currently exists in the industry. This is part of NASSCOM’s initiative to develop Future Skills Competency Standards to define skills required to do jobs in emerging technologies.