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India is facing a dearth of talent: Adi Godrej

Godrej feels there is no hunger to go out and explore the world market among Indian students, reports Sumitra Deb Roy

india Updated: Oct 21, 2006 00:32 IST

“India is now-a-days facing a dearth of talent,” said Chairman of Godrej group of companies Adi Godrej, at a function organised by the University of Mumbai, on Friday. The function was held a part of its ongoing 150-year celebrations.

Godrej said that this talent crunch could be met only if more research programmes are encouraged in the institutes of higher education, he added.

Sighting the example of how the involvement of private players has changed the face of telecom industry in India, Godrej insisted that privatisation of higher education should be encouraged. "The government should strive towards improving the plight of primary education specially in the Eastern region of the country," he explained.

Focusing on the recent trends in industry, Godrej discussed how more and more students from the foreign universities are seeking summer trainings and internships in the Indian companies.

"But, that hunger to go out and experience the market is missing in the Indian students," he shrugged. He repeatedly focused on how higher education in India needs to grow bigger and better specially because India was moving towards a "knowledge-based economy".

Meanwhile, speaking in favour of reservation in private sector, he said,"Reservation should be done in terms of providing opportunity," Godrej however, advocated reservation for women more than anybody else.

"Women in India are the most under privileged but there is not much being done because of vested political interests," he signed off.

First Published: Oct 21, 2006 00:32 IST