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Skill India may be expanded to include AI, IoT

Dedicated curriculum to be developed across identified sectors. 

NEW DELHI: The government will soon come up with a national policy to reskill and upskill millions of youth in the country to create a workforce capable of handling emerging trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and machine learning. 

The idea is to strengthen the government’s Skill India mission through dedicated policy measures. 

“Reskilling and upskilling is big on the incoming government’s agenda,” a senior government official told ET. “There will be renewed focus on reskilling.” The idea is to create a workforce that can access new opportunities and to insulate it from technological shocks. 

“We would like to ensure that individuals have access to economic opportunities by remaining competitive in the new world of work and that businesses have access to the talent they need for the jobs of the future,” the official added. 

The government is seized of the fact that reskilling has to be done at a massive scale alongside skilling, he said. 

It has identified over half a dozen sectors in which a dedicated curriculum for reskilling will be developed based on demand from these sectors. 

Some of the identified sectors could include the banking, financial services and insurance (BSFI) sector, IT/ITes (information technology enabled services), manufacturing, ecommerce, retail, logistics, healthcare and telecommunications. 

“The ministry is expected to incentivise sector skill councils as well as youth to undertake reskilling,” the official said, adding a certain amount of annual allocation could be kept aside for reskilling.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto has also pointed to reskilling as a priority area for the government. 

According to a Nasscom report, about 40% of India’s total workforce has to be reskilled over the next five years to cope with emerging trends such as AI, IoT, machine learning and blockchain. India’s total workforce stands at nearly 500 million and of this at least 200 million would need reskilling to match industry requirements. 

The first phase of the skilling initiative introduced the recognition of prior learning (RPL) programme. RPL aims to align the competencies of the unregulated workforce with the National Skills Qualification Framework. 

Over 1.5 million youths have been certified under RPL from 2016 onwards and the target is to certify 4 million by 2020. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Skill India Mission in 2015 to make the country the “skill capital” of the world. The aim was to impart skills training to 400 million people by 2022 through flagship schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Prohatsan Yojana, the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme. However, barely 30 million youths have been imparted skill training. 

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Fresher Skills Meet Corporate Expectations

Understanding the requirements of the New Age Employer

A degree is a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities. However, experienced professionals will tell you that, while a degree opens up various doors, the only way to seal the deal is to develop some essential soft skills to enhance your profile.

Corporates are always on the lookout for well-rounded and informed candidates who can push their brand in the right direction. Here are some basic skills that one needs to hone before applying for that dream job.

  • Communication Skills

Perhaps one of the most essential tools, communication and appropriate expression of thought can make all the difference. Employers expect prospective candidates to be articulate and express their thoughts with clarity and precision. Apart from the actual interview, mailing skills also play an important part in gauging professionality.

  • Learning Aptitude

Adaptability is the key to steady growth. Even though the fundamentals of a job might not change, the processes, systems and products might be upgraded over time. An employee who can shed outdated methods and adapt to new processes effectively is more likely to be considered for bigger opportunities.

  • Out of the Box Thinking

Innovation drives a business. The new ideas you bring to the table define you as a follower or a leader. Check the company website, social media feeds, and news articles about the company which will enable you to give relevant and creative answers during the interview. Hiring managers are always inclined towards candidates who can bring fresh ideas to their organization.

  • Domain Knowledge

It goes without saying that domain proficiency is one of the basic qualifiers for a candidate to be considered for a job. For an extra edge, read up on the current trends in your domain and update your understanding of the subject. This shows that you’re good with research and always looking to improve yourself.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” Unless employees cooperate and work together in harmony, the company cannot function smoothly. Corporations are made up of various teams who work towards a common goal. Being a team player with a zest for collaborative insights is considered a strong strength by prospective employers.

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Are you up for a challenge? Will you quit at the first sign of trouble? Interviewers tend to throw hypothetical challenges to gauge your problem solving skills. Candidates who can come up with professional solutions exude more confidence and show character which puts them in the running for the position.

  • Attention to detail

Small gestures go a long way. Did you reply to the hiring manager’s mail confirming the time of the interview? Were you on time for the interview with the documents you were asked to produce? Candidates who show earnestness and a natural flair for minute details are a dream to work with. This puts employers at ease because they know you’re reliable, punctual and a stickler for rules.

  • Leadership Quality

A good manager is someone who pushes for team growth and progress. Did you lead an event or fest in college? Be sure to mention this fact in your resume and highlight it in the interview especially if the event you headed was a success. Employers look for candidates who show a natural potential to be a future manager.

  • Digital Knowhow

Most jobs will now list a set of computer applications or programs they expect the candidate to be aware of. Even if the use of the application does not directly affect your day to day working, it is advisable to be adept with basic skills. Apart from boosting your resume, you could also make suggestions to speed up current processes with the help of relevant computer applications.

  • Professionalism / Work Ethic

A critical commandment for an employer is choosing a candidate who displays ethical judgement and a strong sense of integrity. Long term associations can be formed only if you build trust with your managers. Your reaction to difficult situations and owning up to your errors goes to show that you are sincere and just.

Now that you know the requirements, how do you gain an impetus to crack that job interview? TCS iON Common Corporate Qualifier Test (CCQT) is one such distinctive program which partners with prominent corporates to conduct assessments based on a variety of parameters. Successful candidates gain an advantage and stand the chance to be hired by the partner corporate. Get ready to win the race and land your dream job.

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Learn Best Methods for your Exam Preparations

Learn best methods for your exam preparation

Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. This holds true in all aspects of life, particularly with competitive exams in India. If you are an engineering or medical aspirant preparing for an entrance exam, you know exactly what it takes.

You work hard, make many sacrifices, burn the mid night oil, and continuously step-up your game each day – to get those few extra marks that can make all the difference. Well, there is good news. We are here to spill a little-known secret. Beyond the obvious dos, don’ts, and recommendations, we bring to you a few simple tips and tools that can provide you the extra edge.

  • The Ivan Pavlov Way

This is one of the most popular techniques around the world. Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s conditioning experiment proves that we can master any task by repeating it consistently. Some factors that have to remain constant are time, place, and subject.

So, train yourself to read the same text, in the same place, at the same time every day, and you will notice that your brain absorbs information much faster and organically.

  • Match School and Home Schedules

This is one of the most effective methods out there. Align your home-study schedule to coincide with your classes. Studying a topic taught by the trainer, immediately after returning from class, gives you the advantage of higher retention.

Do this. Just before a test, instead of reading long-form text, look for visuals like graphs, diagrams, or charts – these tend to leave a mental impression and are easier to recall.

Another important thing to do is never set a time table with similar subjects one after the other. Variety ensures longer attentions spans.

  • Short and Effective Study Sessions

There are distractions all around. The mind can seldom remain steady. Instead of fighting the urge, give-in at times. Go for a combination of small study sessions peppered with breaks. You will be able to cover a lot more. This is because the brain thrives well under adequate pressure.

It is also believed that when we take small breaks between sessions, the brain absorbs information without much effort. Hence, try spending not more than 20-25 minutes when cramming chronological events, formulas, equations, names, events, etc.

  • Avoid Studying when Sleep Strikes

When the mind relaxes, the body rejuvenates. A tired body and brain aren’t conducive to intensive study. This varies from person to person. Some students find it easier to start early, while others find late nights less distracting and more productive. Whatever suits you, choose a time and stick to it.

When you find yourself getting drowsy, move around, drink some water, or better still take a power nap. ‘Inemuri’ or ‘sleeping while being present’ is the Japanese term for catching up on sleep while in public places. Experts suggest that such power naps can result in higher productivity.

  • Smart Working Practices

More than the amount of time you spend in front of your books, evaluate the quality of the hours spent studying. ‘Focus’ is the key to getting more work done. Choose a time to study when there are minimal distractions. Consider going to a library or a study hall. It is advisable to start the day with challenging subjects when you are most alert. Keep the easier ones for the end of your study session.

  • Practice Tests from Previous Years

Practice tests tell you where you stand. While most students know this, they rarely come around to doing it. Mostly because they do not have a ready and systematic access to the question paper sets from the previous years.

If you are an engineering or medical aspirant, try to get access to a comprehensive set of practice exams. Such tests help develop familiarity with competitive exam patterns. Attempt such tests in a proctored environment. Set a timer and take the process seriously.

Avoid getting distracted and keep all your devices away from you. This way you will be able to time yourself and understand the areas you need to concentrate on. When you have taken enough tests, you will be able to identify commonly made mistakes, know your strengths, and list down areas of improvement.

  • Leverage the Power of Data to Gain Analytics and Insights

We live in the age of data. Today, there are enough and more analytical tools that can process your test performances to give you deep insights and recommendations that can help you perform up to your true potential.

Data analytics help in identifying one’s strengths and areas for improvement. In fact, platforms like as TCS iON’s Prep4Exam act as virtual advisors for students appearing for competitive engineering or medical exams. Students of Grade 11 and Grade 12 from Mathematics and Science streams can leverage this platform to get deep rooted insights about their performance – subject-wise, concept-wise, and difficulty-wise. They can also get detailed error analysis for incorrect questions, and answer keys along with explanations of the concept.

Getting ahead in competitive exams requires more than the traditional dose of hard work and perseverance. With just a few marks differentiating the winners, getting methodical with your exam preparation is indeed the need of the hour!