Pune , 24 January 2023: The innovative education provider Employability.life brought the leaders of Federation University Australia to Pune today for a high-level Talk Live session with senior representatives of industry and academia, held at the Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology (VIIT). The discussion revolved around building talent for the new digital economy and maintaining optimal employability for graduates and professionals.
The session commenced with Employability.life Chairman, Dr Manish Malhotra, announcing the launch of a talent incubator at the prestigious institute to prepare learners for the workplace by a focus on meeting employer requirements for those jobs most in demand. This was welcomed by Mr Bharat Rajkumar Agarwal, Managing Trustee, Bansilal Ramnath Agarwal Charitable Trust (which owns and manages VIIT). He highlighted the transformation that the industry-academia connection brings to the lives of students in terms of skills development and project-based learning opportunities.
This was followed by a talk from special guest Professor Duncan Bentley, Vice Chancellor & President of Federation University, who emphasized that the challenges facing India today is how students can be supplied with the skills they need to power the digital economy. He stressed the importance of learners preparing themselves to add value to the organization when the economy gets tough – through internships, projects, and experience gained whilst learning – which will fortify their career for life.
Next, Employability.life CEO Supriyo Chaudhuri spoke a about the rapid changes in the fundamental content of jobs, and the consequent need for learners to acquire professional confidence so that they can face any type of uncertainty that comes their way. They focused on new basic literacies to help learners build confidence and keep reinventing themselves as they develop their careers. These include having a growth mindset, developing three key areas of intelligence– career, culture, and digital – and building influence (collaboration, networking).
Subsequently, in an all-star lineup, Ms Carolyn Chong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global & Engagement) of Federation University, Mr Ashutosh Sharma, Global Head of Consulting for BFS at Zensar Technologies, Mr Girish Kukreja, Founder & CEO of FlexC Works, and Ms Minoo Mantri, Senior Vice President at Motilal Oswal Financial Services, talked about ways in which the digital revolution is changing their respective sectors.
A common theme that emerged was the importance of learners having experiential knowledge so that they become agile and capable of adapting to the revolutionized industry where digital is now connected to every sector. Moreover, an evident solution is for learners to keep gathering expertise in their core competency to remain relevant in the changing world of work.
Professor Duncan Bentley, Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia, said “In a first for Australia, the globally recognised co-operative education model will be embedded across all Federation programs from 2025. Therefore, we are delighted to enter into this strategic partnership with Employability.life supporting their mission to build a global co-op ecosystem, which will bring educators, employers, and learners together to help build the digitally-savvy talent that the global economy needs. We have a long standing relationship with India and we look forward to playing our part in realising its vision to be the skills capital of the world.”
“Additionally, this collaboration will provide an opportunity for eligible students to visit and work on projects within the IBM emerging technologies hub and in Australia’s largest university technology park located at Federation’s campus in Ballarat, Victoria.”
Dr. Manish Malhotra, Chairman of Employability.life said “India’s dream of building a $5 Trillion economy rests on ensuring that its youth engages productive and meaningfully. Employability.life, working in partnership with the country’s most forward-thinking education institutions and its global network of entrepreneurs, educators and employers, wants to empower the students to lead their country towards that goal.”
Mr. Supriyo Chaudhuri, CEO of Employability.life said “Employability.life brings experience into education, transforming higher education institutions with project-based learning, all-round engagement with the students and a whole-person approach to their development. We are bringing Agile into education, enabling convergence between the future of work and the future of higher education.”