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Skill-based programmes on the rise to bridge tech talent shortage



New Delhi: The recent debate on moonlighting in the IT industry has highlighted the growing demand for qualified talent in the ICT sector. The global shortage of tech talent has been fueled amid the rapidly changing technology landscape.

Companies are looking to harness the best of tech talent not only to improve the user and customer experience, but also to explore new avenues for growth.

With an appetite for skills and learning seen by companies as a highly desirable trait among employees, skills-focused startups and organizations are rapidly emerging to bridge the gap.

Rishi Khemka, Founder and CEO of MindBox India, a leading STEM accredited organization dedicated to creating functional literacy in students aged 6-18, said “As the world changes, the need for skills also changes. With technology being at the center of everything in the future, kids today will need to develop competencies and skills in this space that will help them excel in whatever profession they choose.”

“Currently, 90 percent of jobs are skills-based and we need to aim to develop a range of future skills in domains like AI, ML, drone technology, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, electric vehicles, etc. 5G and mechatronics technologies to improve the employability quotient of India’s vast youth population,” added Khemka.

The skills will help young people to reinforce their resumes with knowledge of new technologies.

Vikram Kumar, co-founder of career platform MyTat, said, “The advent of new age technologies has changed the overall recruitment landscape in India. This has created a substantial demand for talent and a supply gap in key technology domains. There is a need to ensure relevant training opportunities so that young people can realize their true potential through appropriate training, upskilling and upgrading pathways.”

MyTat has collaborated with AICTE to provide AICTE approved internships/apprenticeships for young people and professionals. “81 percent of people who signed up with us for career development reported career benefits such as raise, promotion, salary increase, etc,” Kumar added.

As telcos in India prepare to launch 5G services, it will not only bring us faster communication networks, it will have a cascading impact on many other sectors that need fast, low latency and reliable networks to function. This in turn will lead to an increase in the demand for qualified talent.

Arvind Bali, CEO, Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) said that the implementation of 5G in India will lead to the adoption of new age technologies in all sectors, “and it is crucial that the graduating population is trained and prepared to the job”.

“TSSC has organized courses on cutting-edge technologies like drone technology, 5G, AI/ML, etc. and has established numerous Centers of Excellence and training facilities across the country to meet this demand,” Bali noted.

As companies look to future growth engines, they want talent to help them stay ahead. The need for future skills has never been felt more in India than it is now, with multiple disruptive technologies affecting everything from banking to pharmaceuticals to manufacturing and more.


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33 persons killed in Colombia landslide



Bogota: At least 33 people died from a landslide that buried vehicles along a highway in Colombia, Interior Minister Alfonso Prada said.

The landslide that occurred on Sunday buried a bus carrying passengers from Cali to Condoto, along with a car and a motorcycle on the Pereira-Quibdó highway, in the central-western department of Risaralda, the Xinhua news agency reports.

“We have identified 33 deceased people, including three minors. We have rescued nine people, four of them are currently in critical condition,” Prada said Monday.

Personnel from Colombia’s Risk Management Unit and the Transportation Ministry’s Transit and Transport Directorate, as well as the police department and the army, rushed to the rescue, he said.

Following the landslide, authorities plan to declare a nationwide high alert to prepare for weather-related disasters amid a cold snap that is expected to continue for several more months, Prada said.

President Gustavo Petro ordered the installation of a Unified National Command Post in the capital Bogotá by Tuesday at the latest to determine the state of the roads in adverse weather conditions, he said.

Risaralda Governor Víctor Manuel Tamayo told reporters that the road where the accident occurred is in poor condition, complicating efforts to find survivors and recover the bodies of the victims.


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At 6, Indian-origin boy is youngest S’porean to trek to Everest Base Camp



Singapore: A six-year-old boy of Indian origin has become the youngest Singaporean to reach Everest Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres.

Om Madan Garg walked for 10 days in October together with his parents, covering an elevation gain of around 2,500m from Lukla village at 2,860m to the base at 5,364m, according to the Singapore Book of Records.

Om, a Kindergarten 2 student at Canossaville Preschool, “managed well despite bad weather, flight cancellations, lack of amenities, hot days and cold nights.”

The Garg family reached Lukla, which is the starting point and also the gateway of the base camp trek on September 28, and arrived at the base on October 7.

They were accompanied by a licensed guide and two porters.

From Lukla, they walked to Phakding and continued until they reached Namche Bazaar, the commercial center of the Everest region.

From Namche Bazaar the trail goes to Tengboche and eventually to Everest Base Camp at 5364m.

“I threw my hat into the sky and caught it and we climbed to the top of the rock at Mount Everest Base Camp and took a photo. “We flew the Singapore flag,” he told Channel News Asia in an interview.

The preschool student received a certificate from the Singapore Book of Records.

Their entire stay has been documented in a seven-part series on the family’s YouTube channel, The Brave Tourist.

Three-year-old Heyansh Kumar from India is the youngest person to reach Mount Everest Base Camp.

Kumar was three years, seven months and 27 days old when he achieved the milestone.


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AAP looks poised to sweep MCD elections



New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to sweep the civic polls held in Delhi on December 4 and end the BJP’s 15-year stronghold in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), according to the results of the mouth-of-mouth polls. ballot box from different agencies published on Monday.

According to the India Today-Axis My India survey, in the 250-district MCD, AAP is projected to win 149-171 districts, followed by BJP 69-91, Congress 3-7, while others may get 5 to 9 seats.

In Chandani Chowk, which has 30 districts, 20 can go AAP while BJP is projected to win 10 districts.

In East Delhi, where there are 36 districts, AAP can win 22, followed by BJP with 14.

Out of 25 districts in New Delhi, AAP can win 21 followed by BJP in 4.

The exit poll further predicted that out of 41 districts in the North East district, 21 will go to BJP, followed by AAP with 17, Congress with 2, while 1 district will go to others.

According to the India Today exit poll, AAP will get 43 percent of the vote while 35 percent of the vote will go to the BJP. Congress will finish a distant third with a 10 percent vote share.

The India News-Jan Ki Baat exit poll gave AAP 159-175 constituencies, while the BJP is projected to win 70-92 constituencies.

The Times Now exit poll predicted the AAP to win 146-156 districts, followed by the BJP in 84-94 districts. The exit poll projected that Congress would win only 11 districts.

The Zee News-BARC exit poll projected the AAP to win 134-146 constituencies while the BJP will win 82-94 constituencies. Congress is likely to win between 8 and 14 districts, while others will win between 14 and 19 districts.

The MCD elections held on Sunday witnessed a low voter turnout of 50 percent. The results will be announced on December 7.

The BJP has been in power in the MCD since 2007.


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