IBM CEO Ginni Rometty says, Indians lack the skill sets that match the available jobs

IBM Ceo, Ginni Rometty says Indians lack the required skillsets for the jobs available. She said the same problem is faced in other markets as well. The $180-billion domestic software industry directly employs over 4 million.

In India, you have the same issues. Open jobs, (but) no matching skillsets,” she said, on Wednesday.

You have got to believe in a few different things than I think you believed in the past. One is to believe that skills are perhaps more important than a degree.

Her response came on the reports of huge unemployment among qualified engineers. They are employed at beginners level and paid much lower than those semi-skilled with experience.

Nearly three-fourths of the millions of Engineers are not employed which says a lot about the quality of academia in the country. She also emphasized that the private sector and Government need to work hard to solve this mismatch.

2 years back, the head of a leading European tech leader lauded similar concerns about the IT workforce from India. He said, over 65 percent of the Indian IT staff is “just not re-trainable”.

The concern about this nonskilled workforce will continue to grow unless a college degree emphasizes skills training over covering the general IT course in a few years. This is why those students with hands-down technical knowledge of a particular skill do better in practical life over those who have aced their degree with no practical experience.

Written by Hisham Sarwar

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