Dr. Rajesh Save, the Global Head of Human Resources at Syntel talks with HER Magazine and states his thoughts on what the IT sector is looking for in students.
Q. Are the young graduates who are fresh out of college job ready? What should the institutes do in order to bridge the gap between the academia and industry?
Dr. Rajesh Save: A lot of work is necessary in order to guarantee that the fresh graduates are completely job ready. By strengthening the industry academia interface, the institutes will be able to prepare their students face the corporate world better. This move will also benefit the professors who will be able to understand the latest and forecasted trends in their field and impart more practical knowledge. It is important that the Universities become more flexible in terms of syllabi and curriculum.
Q. What criteria are weighed for an institution before you proceed to hire new recruits from the same?
Dr. Rajesh Save: The most important things we look for in an institute before we recruit from the same are the infrastructure, the faculty members, the syllabi and co-curricular activities. If all these criteria are satisfied we proceed to recruit students from these institutes.
Q. Can you name some of the initiatives introduced by the industry to make the students job ready?
Dr. Rajesh Save: Most corporate organizations in the industry must offer summer placements to students. The summer placements grant students a unique opportunity to fast track their personal development and gain all the necessary skills in order to become an excellent candidate for the organizations.
Q. What are the current opportunities for the fresh graduates in the IT industry?
Dr. Rajesh Save: There are quite a lot of opportunities for fresh graduates in the IT industry. Students can become Data Scientists, stabilize Social Mobile Analytics Cloud, join the gaming industry and create or modify various user interfaces for a variety of applications.
Q. What would be the major shift or market specific knowledge that institutes should be aware of?
Dr. Rajesh Save: While it is sometimes hard to accept the fact that there are institutions that provide students with a lot of knowledge which cannot be used practically, I urge them to kindly update themselves on the state of the art technologies in the IT industry and share the same with the students.
Q. Kindly tell us your advice to an institute on how to improve their pedagogy.
Dr. Rajesh Save: It is important that institutes should be flexible, agile and futuristic with regard to their pedagogy as these aspects will immensely improve the fresh graduates skills and they will gain immense knowledge, thus enabling them to be top candidates to work in the IT industry.
Dr. Rajesh Save has been the Global Head of Human Resources at Syntel for over 3 years. Prior to joining Syntel, Dr. Rajesh has worked with organizations such as Zee Network, ESSEL Group, Transocean, Reliance Industries Limited, L&T and others.