The accelerated economic growth has increased the demand for skilled manpower in India in past few years. More than 50% of the total population in the age group of 15–59 years are potential learners and require some type of skill training. India is among the top countries in which employers are facing difficulty in filling up the jobs, specifically at Entry Level. Key reasons for lack of available applicants are shortage of hard skills, shortage of suitable employability and soft skills. Recent FICCI survey also cautioned against lack of Employability amongst Graduates and a need for employability based learning at all level.
With a primary focus on Skill Development and Employability, “Birla Foundation” along with “Edify Group” has launched a One Year Post Graduate Diploma Program in Business Development and Post Graduate Diploma Program in Banking & Financial Services (PGDP) our very own city, Gwalior in partnership with a very distinguished institute of Gwalior “The City College”. With a commitment to train and guide aspiring potential students and make them employable in the corporate, the course is launched and counseling sessions are in progress form Monday, 2nd December 2013 at “The City College”. This program is backed and supported by corporate partners, who enable them to provide promising career opportunities for the participants. The program is designed and developed by industry experts associated with Mumbai based Edify Group.
There are numerous job opportunities available in India, yet there is a huge deficit of employable talent in India, particularly in tier-2 cities. The need gap is the dearth of Employability skills among students. We learn Math, Physics, Accounts, etc. at college, which give you a good foundation to education. But while hiring a potential candidate, employers also look for other essential skills that they don't teach at college - Communication, Body Language, Self Confidence, Analytical Ability, Personal Grooming etc.
The PGDP courses are designed to train a candidate by industry experts & working professionals in not only the industry specific skills but also the soft skills and personality grooming. The structure of the course is such that the candidates will undergo 6 months of Classroom training and following 6 months will be On Job Training with various leading corporate house of the country. There is a 100% Guarantee Placement Opportunity as the candidate will have best of industry knowledge, striking personality and 6 months of working experience with the industry at the end of 1 year. The candidate will be facing real life case studies and corporate-like challenging scenario in simulation labs designed to train the candidate for corporate challenges.
This PGDP course offered by Birla and The City College has an upper hand over a normal MBA course on account of many factors. Today very few colleges have corporate interface in terms of training the candidate, whereas in this program, faculties would be those who are working professional and are currently working with a corporate house. Also, the concept of simulation lab will ensure that candidates are industry-ready to take up challenging tasks which is absent in a normal MBA course. The most important differentiator which makes this course better than a regular MBA is of On-Job-Training. All the candidates are guaranteed 6 months of On-Job-Training in a large corporate. This allows them to understand various processes and working of a company and also acts as potential employment opportunity for them. Today, no regular MBA course offers employability skills as offered by this PGD program. The course will enable a candidate to get a job in large corporate and a successful career in Business Development.
Today, other post graduate programs are not offering any placement potential as the design and delivery of the course is not as per corporate requirement. In the time when large corporate are looking at expanding their network in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, requirement for skilled manpower is bound to escalate. In order to bridge the skill gap, the initiative by Birla to target employability amongst graduates appears to be an answer to many questions like soft skills, Effective training, industry relevant module and course structure and employment opportunity to a candidate.