Skills Development Working Group

Objectives

  • The objectives of the Skill Working Group is to assist all the key stakeholders in the economy, viz the academia, the industry and the Government, in overcoming the skill gaps that may be there in the execution of their respective activities, with respect to all the new emerging technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), BlockChain (BC), the Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) etc.
  • The additional objective is to review the New Education Policy, identify opportunities for assistance in the implementation of the policy and try to address these to the maximum extent possible. 

Focus

Academia

  • The focus in the academic world will be on assisting in the teaching of the following:
    • Introductory programs in IoT, AI, BC and AR/VR and other technologies as found relevant by this group
    • Introductory and awareness programs in aspects of digital transformation
    • Specialised  programs in New design thinking 
    • Behavioural training programs for handling the impact of these new technologies 

Industry

  • The focus in the industrial world will be  on two relevant sectors: The IT industry and the end-user industry

IT Industry

  • The focus here would be on assisting the IT professionals with their skilling requirements on the new technologies
  • The programs for the academic world would be suitably modified to be used for the existing IT professionals 

End-User Industry

  • The focus here would be to assist the end-users, at various levels, to understand the usage of the new technologies in their industries and  to understand how to implement them in their respective organisations
  • This would be undertaken for the different levels, CEOs, the next levels of business head and the CIOs/teams implementing these new technology solutions
  • The major focus would be on the relevant digital transformation programs, for each level
  • The specific verticals would be reviewed regularly, but the initial vertical would be the following :
    • The verticals where IET is already working: viz: healthcare, manufacturing, education, smart cities and energy
    • The verticals where the need is urgent, viz: The rural economy and the COVID impacted areas
    • Special thematic intervention will in the SME sector (dealing with the sectors as mentioned above)

Government

  • The major focus here would be to review the New Education Policy and identify areas of assistance to the Government in its implementation, along with suggestions on the policy itself. A separate note on the approach to the New Education Policy will be circulated, as a supplement to this charter
  • The attempt  here would be to assist the government in both their skill-building missions as well as their policy guidelines
  • There are bodies in the government which are carrying out skill-building activities like the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) – the focus would assist them in any challenges they are facing, with reference to the skilling around the new technologies
  • Further, based on the skill-building activities that will be carried out in the academic and the industry sectors, if there are any issues identified which have to be addressed at the policy level, these will be shared with the government to aid their address.

Approach

  • There will be a multi-pronged approach to execute the above
  • For the courses to be developed for the academia and the industry, partners will be identified who are already in this field; they will be supplemented by the industry experience of the IET panel members and offered to the users
  • Interfaces with the online platforms is also planned to help them customise their offerings with local Indian requirements/use cases/examples
  • Workshops will be conducted for the End users segment, separately for each level of users 
  • White papers will be prepared for each of the areas, particularly the end-users segment and the Government 
  • For the end-user segment, Skilling Group will work with the vertical group panel members of the IET Future technologies panels
  • The experience of the IET’s UK team will also be leveraged for offering the programs/conducting the workshops in India 
  • Based on the Indian experience, similar programs/workshops could be offered to nearby countries in SAARC/South East Asia/Middle East
  • To further the objective as underlined in this charter, this WG will also explore strategic tie-ups with other inter-governmental/foreign agencies focused on skilling in India i.e. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency, India), GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) etc. 

Deliverables

Academia

  • White Papers will be prepared on the status and need for courses in IoT, AI, BC, VR and AR, new design methodology, behaviour skills and digital transformation areas in the universities 
  • Courses will also be tried to  be developed along with partners in the following areas, inter alia :
    • Introductory courses in IoT, AI, BC, VR and other areas as relevant
    • New design courses
    • Behavioural sciences courses
    • Digital Awareness, Transformation & Solution Courses with focus on deployable skill-set
  • These could be targeted for at least 2-3 universities/colleges in the North and 2 in the South, to start with

IT Industry

  • White papers will also be prepared for similar course requirements for the working professionals in the industry, who want to work on these new technologies 
  • Programs will be tried to be offered to the professionals, with the above courses modified to suit the existing professionals, again using partners; modifications will be for the contents, duration, flexibility of topic wise etc.

End-User Industry

  • White papers will be prepared for the skilling gaps in the industry, particularly in  the end-users who are wanting to implement the solutions built around these new technologies 
  • Workshops will also be tried to be conducted for different level of users of the end-user industry segment, who are interested in having digital transformation carried out but are not aware of the new technologies, the relevant solutions, the implementation steps, challenges and the mitigation steps

Government

  • While a separate note will be prepared for our approach to addressing the requirements of the New Education Policy, our deliverables will include the following: a) white papers on our suggestions on the policy and b) plans to address some of the implementation challenges like vocational skilling (eg digital technicians), conversion of the Higher Education Institutes to multidisciplinary streams, training of the faculty on the new technologies, proper functioning of the proposed National Education Technology Forum, etc 
  • White papers will be prepared to assist the Government on any issues that will be faced during the field interactions at the academic and the industry sectors which require government policy interventions
  • White papers will also be prepared to  understand the process of quality monitoring by the government of all the bodies involved in the reskilling activities and assist them, using our accreditation processes, to overcome some of the challenges

Beneficiaries

Academia

  • The universities and colleges where the IET sponsored programs on the new technologies will be conducted (the initial target will be at least 4 such colleges)
  • The students who undertake these programs 

Industry

  • The IT professionals who are interested in getting into the new technology platforms will benefit from the workshops/programs that will be conducted; if these programs are offered online, the number of beneficiaries can increase substantially
  • The end-user industry organisations who are interested in carrying out digital transformations; the Industry professionals from CEOs, CXOs and CIOs and their teams 

Government 

  • The policy-making departments, dealing with skilling build-up around the new technologies like NSDC, Ministry of HRD, Education etc.

Chairperson

Co-chair

  • Vivek Singh, CEO, Innovant and Director, Saraswati Seva Foundation

Members

Feeling inspired and want to get involved with the IET Future Tech Panel? Contact Ujani at sectors@theiet.in