Gurnani’s comment is an alarm bell for the IT employees, claim Experts

Sunil Pradhan
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Pune: While the recent comment of Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani that ‘about 94 per cent of information technology(IT) graduates in India are not fit for hiring’ has sparked controversy on social media, experts working in the field have pointed that recent technological shifts in the industry are demanding more and employees working in the field will have to now perform or perish. 

Pune: While the recent comment of Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani that ‘about 94 per cent of information technology(IT) graduates in India are not fit for hiring’ has sparked controversy on social media, experts working in the field have pointed that recent technological shifts in the industry are demanding more and employees working in the field will have to now perform or perish. 

Gurnani’s comment was rejected by several employees working in the field who blamed the poor quality of work in the industry as the reason behind their stagnancy. Cyber experts said that though Gurnani’s comment might sound non-motivational it should act as an alarm bell for people working in the industry or who are aspiring to join the same.

Reacting to Gurnani’s comment, cyber expert Pankajj Ghode, Founder and Chairman of Global Blockchain Foundation, said that it is high time for industries to evolve and join the digital age. “It is certainly not good to blame the company you are working for. Since 2016, companies are now expecting employees to adapt to cross function technology which means if you are good at some computer language you should also have skills in database management. This is where employees are failing to adapt. This is the age of cost optimisation and so employees should be alert and adaptive.” added Ghode who has over two decades of experience in the field.

Speaking about the stagnant behaviour of employees in adapting to technology, Ghode said that people who have spent five years in the industry tend to worry about settling down in the life and so are hesitating to adapt to new technology.

Another cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Securities Solution Private Limited pointed that although there are a lot of technologies in the market, an employee who wishes to survive in the field should be open to learning new technologies. “We need to be aware of industry trends so as to remain aware of happenings in the industry. There are several companies selling latest coursewares which employees can opt for to update themselves,” added Raj.

Speaking about the quality of work in the IT industry, Raj said that if one is not satisfied with the type of work he is free to move on and accept challenges rather doing a menial task. “Indian IT industry has largely been service-oriented but certainly it can grow towards a product making industry provided people have an expertise and risk-taking behaviour,” added Raj.

Speaking on the social structure of India, Raj said that although students have to be job oriented one can certainly maintain a balance by trying to innovate and keep his job at the same time.

Speaking on various technologies which have a dearth of skill set in the industry, the cyber experts shared that industry is finding it difficult to find employees skilled in the blockchain, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), e-commerce, Internet of things (IoT) and other technologies.

Alarm Bell
- Gurnani’s comment was rejected by several employees working in the field who blamed the poor quality of work in the industry as the reason behind their stagnancy. 
- Cyber experts said that though Gurnani’s comment might sound non-motivational it should act as an alarm bell for people working in the industry or who are aspiring to join the same.

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