Haryana government as well as BPO firms are now looking forward to schools as potential talent pool for booming employment opportunities in IT Enabled Service (ITeS) sector in NCR towns including Gurgaon.
Haryana government has launched an ambitious programme "Development of Soft Skills" in its school and college on the EDUSAT platform to train the students for getting employment in Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector companies.
The department is in the process of listing the schools for the programme. "So far we have zeroed in on Sr. Secondary School (Boys) and (Girls) in Gurgaon. We are in the process of listing few more in the city," said Rita Sharma, he district education officer, Gurgaon.
According to the Haryana education minister Phool Chand Mullana the decision to introduce this programme had been taken in view of the vast employment opportunities in the sectors of IT and BPO in NCR and similar opportunities could also be tapped by the students residing in areas close to Chandigarh.
He said that this programme would impart necessary training to the students on English speaking and reading skills, basic knowledge of computer and Internet operations to make them qualify for jobs in IT and BPO sector.
He said that a sum of Rs1.50 crore had been provided for the college students during the current financial year for the implementation of this programme.
This programme has been introduced in the areas of the State falling in the NCR and the districts near Chandigarh.
The Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh charges Rs 4000 per student for training. A student has to pay a sum of Rs1000 per course and an amount of Rs 3000 per student has been given by the state government as a subsidy. The government proposes to telecaste the soft skills training through EDUSAT daily for the benefit of the students, he added.
Facing manpower crunch, the BPO companies are also heading school-ward as part of their long-term talent pool sourcing plans. Hitherto, wooing undergraduates and graduates from colleges, one of the BPO companies Genpact has initiated a program for nurturing higher secondary students of public schools of Delhi and NCR towns.
In one such initiative, Genpact invited students of 50 schools and colleges from Delhi and NCR towns to participate in a debate forum at its Gurgaon office on January 22.
The event witnessed interaction of the students with the company management and also a tour of the BPO to make them aware of the working atmosphere inside and job opportunities in BPO sector.
Ashok Tyagi the Sr Vice President Genpact told the Hindustan Times that his company was now targeting the students of senior secondary schools as their potential talent pool.
"Till now we have been approaching colleges and placement agencies looking for employable undergraduates and graduates for absorbing them in our company.
Now we have decided to nurture class 10+1 and 2 students and make them aware of the job opportunities in BPO industry when they pass out from schools and join colleges," Tyagi added.
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