Despite being a country of over a billion strong, the Indian manufacturing and services industries are expected to face a manpower shortage, especially in finding the right person for the right job, in the next few years.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) estimates a booming economy – with about eight per cent GDP growth annually – will require about 16-20 million workforce in the organised sector over the next 10 years to sustain the current high growth rate.
A study, presented at the 14th CII quality summit here, has revealed that of the existing 8.5-million workforce in the organised sector, about 30 per cent will retire in the next five years.
“Inequity in the demand-supply of manpower will persist in diverse industry verticals such as IT, retail, banking, manufacturing, logistics, infrastructure and management due to lack of quality workforce, absence of vocational training and job-hopping,” said Anand Sudarshan, Manipal Universal Learning Ltd president.
Though a whopping 195 million students enrol at school level nationwide, only 11 million of them go to college for higher education, about 200,000 to university for master’s degree and just 16,500 for research, the study found.
“Ironically, while the 1,540 engineering colleges across the country offer 525,000 seats, about 460,000 students enrol and 360,000 of them graduate every year. Only 200,000 of them have reasonable quality but require intense training to qualify for an IT job.
Muslim Scientist Quits Govt Research Centre
Afsar Abbas, who was appointed founding director of a top government research centre three months ago, has suddenly resigned from his post over what he says is lack of autonomy. An international conference, which was being organised by him and was scheduled for January 2007, also had to be cancelled due to his resignation.
Abbas quit the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences (CIRBAS),
“There were several areas of conflict with higher authorities in the university there,” Abbas was quoted as saying.
“The main problem arose over hiring two professors, two readers and ten lecturers in the centre which was advertised earlier. I wanted to appoint the best available talents,” he said.
“As the director of an autonomous centre, I wanted the screening committee to include members from top Indian educational institutions like Delhi University (DU), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
“Autonomy means the centre would act independently under a management board with the director as the highest executive authority. This is the standard way all research centres and institutes function. Though this exists on paper, the same is denied in reality. The authorities were also forcing upon me a local screening committee where at least two persons were completely unacceptable,” said Abbas.
“I could not accept any action which would be detrimental to the larger interests of the centre and the country and hence I resigned,” he added.
Christian Dalits not Entitled to Quota Benefits
Chennai High Court has ruled that Christian Dalits are not entitled to the special benefits provided under the Indian Constitution for so-called “Scheduled Castes”.
AsiaNews reports that the court made the ruling in a case concerning a Dalit born to Hindu parents who had converted to Christianity but who had re-converted to Hinduism.
As a Hindu Dalit, the person was entitled to quota benefits provided for members of “Scheduled Castes” enabling members of
A division bench comprising Justices Dharma Rao and S K Krishnan allowed a petition by R Shankar, who challenged the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission’s rejection of his application to the post of civil judge under the Scheduled Caste quota. Shankar said he was born to Dalit Christian parents, but in 1983 he converted to Hinduism and received a Scheduled Caste community certificate.
Despite passing exams and interview for a civil judge post, his appointment was held up for verification of community (caste) status. When he was told that he could not be appointed under the quota system since he was born in a Christian family, he challenged the decision in court.
The judges ruled that although his parents were Christian, his re-conversion to Hinduism was acceptable.
For Fr Babu Joseph, spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of India, the case raises a serious question, namely “why talk about rights when two people with the same social status are treated differently on the basis of their religious status?”
“The court’s decision has reinforced our resolve to obtain for Dalit Christians the same treatment for members of other religions,” he insisted.
“This kind of discrimination cannot exist in a democratic nation like
John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Union said that “the court’s ruling reflects the fact that in
Mr Dayal added, “This ruling of the high court is in keeping with the current law as enunciated by the courts. It reaffirms that in
Bridge the Gap between Muslims and Others
Maulana Syed Salman Husaini Nadwi, a renowned Islamic scholar, called upon the Muslims to play a proactive role in bridging a gulf between Muslims and Non-Muslims.
While delivering a talk on “What should be the Islamic Education System” during his visit to
Syed Salman Nadwi, who is a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and a professor at Dar-ul -Uloom, Nadwa, is also the founder of Jaamiat Shabaab-e-Islam,
Salman Nadwi briefed the audience on his forthcoming educational seminar to be held in
Haj subsidy politics will not work: Muslim scholars
The government’s decision to hike Haj subsidy for 10,000 more pilgrims annually has reopened the controversy whether such a move is needed for religious pilgrimage, even as Muslim intellectuals pooh-pooh the government’s argument that the move upholds the country’s secular credentials.
While Muslim intellectuals fiercely oppose subsidy on Haj pilgrimage, the government argues that it is only assisting poor Muslims to fulfil their dream of a Haj pilgrimage and upholding the country’s secular credentials. They point out that even
Syed Shahabuddin, former diplomat and a community leader, also opposed the idea. “I am against subsidy. I have told successive prime ministers that this Haj subsidy is there because of their political need, it has never been our demand,” he said.
However, Qasim Rasool Illyas of All India Muslim Personnel Law Board put a slightly different spin.
“The entire subsidy has to be re-looked. The cost of the Haj pilgrimage will be reduced if the government is ready to put Haj affairs under an autonomous body. Now the government subsidy goes to the state-owned Air
He alleged that there was “deep rooted” corruption in hiring houses for pilgrims in Makkah and
The indigenously built air force version of the surface-to-surface Prithvi-11 missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at the Launching Complex 3 of the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea in the coastal district of Balasore.
Prithvi is one of the five missiles developed under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme of the (DRDO). The new test comes four months after the failed test firing of the intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) Agni-III.