The event was attended by Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India; Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM and R Chandrasekaran, Vice Chairman, NASSCOM and Group Chief Executive, Cognizant Technology Solutions.
The apex body has conducted a functional analysis exercise across sectors, which has helped develop Occupational Standards (OS) for all entry level job roles. For the first stage, the four sub-sectors included in the Occupational Analysis are IT Services, Business Process Management, Engineering and R&D & Software Products and 67 unique entry-level job roles have been identified in the purview. The statements regarding knowledge, skills and behaviors, essential for performance in a particular job role have been identified in the OS.
Talking about the importance of the reports, Shashi Tharoor said, “India is at the cusp of a great opportunity and is entering an era of becoming the workhorse for the world. Reports like these are the first steps towards creating an understanding for the skills and behaviors required for the IT-BPM industry. The government of India has set a target of skilling 500 million people by 2022; to be able to deliver this target, a structured approach involving all stakeholders is imperative. This is a starting point in the direction of imparting skills for the relevant jobs. These reports give us a clear understanding of the opportunities of the industry.”
Highlighting the facets of the Occupational Analysis Som Mittal said, “The Occupational Analysis reports will encompass aspects of talent acquisition and transformation that will be positively impacted by standardization and globalization. These standards offer all stakeholders related to this industry, the clarity regarding the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary. The reports provide easily accessible standards and helps individuals and firms understand the requirements of a particular occupation.”