THE THRUST on the second day of ‘Madhya Pradesh IT- Bhopal 2006’ on Friday was exclusively on infrastructure – improving and leveraging it to attract investments and the importance of manpower as part of overall infrastructure.
The first half of the discussion focused on IT infrastructure – what is desired, what are available and addressing critical issues. Genpact’s chief financial officer Vivek Gour said the IT industry operates 365 days and basic infrastructure was essential.
Speaking on critical issues in infrastructure, PPP Initiative, Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited Head Shailesh Pathak stressed on the need for better infrastructure in cities to woo investors.
Chairing the second session on manpower requirement in the IT sector, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya Vice-Chancellor Prof PB Sharma said IT should not be limited to IT companies alone, it should be for all.
Emphasising on maintaining purity of mind, he said the trend had been moving from IT to KT (knowledge technology) to WT (wisdom technology).
Stating that Java and dot technology were the hottest in the IT sector at present, K12 Business, NIIT vice president Dr SN Uma said skills like communication, presentation, inter-personal, multi-tasking, flexibility, learning ability, innovativeness and adoptability were the need of the hour.
“The Madhya Pradesh Government should introduce IT education in schools, use technology as part of learning process, revise curriculum at higher education and have industry leaders and technological partners as part of IT curriculum design,” she suggested. Stressing on the need to upgrade skills to ensure compatibility with industry requirements, vice president (Global Government Industry Group) TCS, Dr Tanmay Chakrabarty said Government should upgrade courses ITIs and polytechnics, and promote private institutions.
On whether Madhya Pradesh was contributing sufficiently to human capital geared to match the ever-increasing demand of IT professionals, he said IT education should keep an eye on requirements in BPO and ITES sectors.
MDP Chairman, IIM Indore, Prof PK Chande said the web should not be used only as a tool for information resource, but as a knowledge resource too.
He laid emphasis on ‘industry-institute collaborative model’ and stressed on upgrading institutions. IT specialist from the US, Dr Narendra Gore highlighted the importance of innovation. Similar to corporates who hire quality people and stress on innovation, the State too should adopt the same view he said.