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The Economic Times Annual Skills Summit:The Oberoi, New Delhi

The First TimesJobs Annual Skills Summit is to be held on Friday, 27 May in New Delhi. The Minister for HRD, Mr. Kapil Sibal, has kindly agreed to inaugurate the Summit and address the gathering. In this context, would like to invite you to participate as our esteemed delegate.

The focus in this Summit is to address skills gaps across industry sectors and deliberate on strategies which need to be adopted to accelerate the process. This is where your perspective from ground-up could help develop a new mindset toward skills development. Since you have already been an active participant in the Skills Dialogue being held earlier, your participation at the Summit is imperative.

The confirmed speakers for the Summit as on date are:  
  • Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for HRD
  • Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission
  • Pramod Bhasin, President & CEO, GENPACT (via video)
  • Rahul Singh, President - Business Services, HCL Technologies Ltd.
  • Ashutosh Vaidya, CEO, Wipro BPO
  • Raman Roy, Founder & CEO, Quatrro BPO (via video)
  • V Suresh, Principal Executive Officer, HIRCO
  • Dr. P R Swarup, Director General, CIDC
  • Sushma Rajagopalan, Head-Global Strategy & Corporate Development, L&T Infotech: Engineering
  • Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman and CEO, Zensar Technologies
  • Dilip Chenoy, CEO, NSDC
  • Dr. Sandhya Chintala, Sr. Director-Education Initiatives, NASSCOM
Looking forward to your continued support andconfirmation of joining us on 27 May at The Oberoi, New Delhi.


About the initiative:
Skills Dialogue is an initiative started by TimesJobs.com in December 2010, in collaboration with The Economic Times, after our research showed that 40-70% industry was struggling with skills gaps in the employable workforce. The BPO industry was chosen as the first target sector and three CXO forums have been held in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad between December 2010 and March 2011. The Inaugural session was held in Delhi on 10 Dec 2010 while the 2nd session had addressed the concerns of the Western region in Mumbai and was held on 18 Feb 2011. The 3rd session was held on 18th March in Hyderabad and now we are gearing up for the Annual Skills Summit on Friday, 27 May 2011.

Participants till date included industry leaders from NASSCOM, NSDC, Accenture, Wipro BPO, HSBC Service Delivery, Firstsource Solutions, EXL Service, Hays Business Solutions, Quatrro BPO Solutions, HCL Technologies, Vertex, Aegis Global Academy, 24/7 Customer, Apollo Health Street, ADP Solutions, GENPACT to name a few.

The topics of discussion which were centre-stage  since the first edition are as below for your ref:
  • How do we define the skill range for the BPO industry
  • Developing the skills: what is effective? In-house or outsourced?
  • Creating the training institutes
  • Strategies for new entrants in BPOs
  • BPOs and Skills development
  • BPO Success Stories
  • Emerging BPO domains
  • Is India losing out to countries such as the Philippines because of talent crunch in the BPO sector?
  • Primer on the NAC status
  • Upping the Employability Quotient

The Annual conference opens out the dialogue to other sectors as well and is a full day seminar with an invited audience. The speakers will be CXOs from the industry and the audience will aggregate middle and senior management executives from a diverse range of industries.

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