Minister of State launched the Human Resource and Skill Requirement reports across 24 sectors in India which will serve as the baseline for all skill development initiatives being planned across the country. The idea behind the Skill Gap Studies is to understand which sectors are likely to face the biggest gaps. He said, it is imperative for us to plan the skilling of future workforce of India on the basis of these reports.
Some of the findings of the report are
- The Indian IT & ITeS sector primarily operates through six major states, including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh — major centers of top IT & ITeS firms such as TCS, Infosys, HCL, Tech Mahindra, Cognizant and Capgemini are based in these states. Also, a majority of these centers are basedin tier 1 cities of these states, such as Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Noida
- As infrastructure facilities in tier 1 cities saturate and input costs increase, IT & ITeS companies are shifting their focus towards tier 2 and 3 cities. Some of these cities include Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Nagpur, Bhubaneshwar,Mangalore, Guwahati and Chandigarh
- To make the best use of this shift — by cashing in on the cost benefit of tier 2 and 3 regions — enterprises and state bodies should undertake the following initiatives:
- Increase awareness on the sector through educational institutions at all levels to ensure skilled manpower for the sector
- Develop an IT ecosystem for long-term sustainability of enterprises
- Leverage IT & ITeS special economic zones (SEZ) to scale up businesses and receive tax benefits