India is one of the highest producers of college graduates, and with more youngsters enrolling for higher education, this number is poised to go up even further. However, a high turnout does not necessarily contribute to a larger talent pool as many of the graduates do not possess the skills required for employment. India can lead the global human capital market if it plugs the skills gaps and makes its higher education program more current and industry relevant.
CII Western Region is organizing a series of seminars that will bring together stakeholders from industry, academia and policy-making to lead discussions on ways to make higher education more effective and rewarding. The theme for the seminar is: “Industry-Academia Connect: Developing Future Skills for Employment, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
After four successful editions of Higher Education Summit held at Mumbai, the series will now be held across Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Baroda and Ahmedabad for providing a platform to discuss how higher education can support industry growth by providing the right skills at the right time in the right number. The focus will be on strengthening college curricula by incorporating new skills that are in demand, nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship, and focusing on producing well-rounded professionals with the right mix of technical and managerial capabilities.
1100 – 1145 hrs: Inaugural Session on Developing Future Skills for Employment, Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Visionaries from academia, government and corporate will delve into the conference theme and set the tone for discussions for the rest of the day. Speakers will provide their thoughts and perspectives on skill development in the country and the role that institutes of higher education play in creating a future-ready workforce.
1145 – 1245 hrs: Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
India has had some highly successful entrepreneurial ventures that have gone on to create massive market value. Indian innovators have made a name for themselves in the global market. However, a lot needs to be done to nurture the latent entrepreneurial talent in India and put the country on the global start-up map. What can we learn from our business leaders and innovators? How can we create an entrepreneurial mindset in college campuses? This session will feature innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who will talk about how India can turn its college campuses into innovation hubs.
1245 – 1345 hrs: Opportunities beyond jobs: Collaborative opportunities for Industry-Academia
Industry Academia collaborations in today’s context has a different perception. The most popular outcome and expectation if this at one time was only hiring. Industry found a talent pool for recruiting from Academia and for Academia it meant getting a job within the industry. However the role today is moving beyond only employment opportunities and there are numerous opportunities where Industry and Academia can play a role in complementing each others skills and requirements. Capacity building, mentoring, research, social development are just some of the ways in which Industry and Academia linkages can be formed. This panel will explore and deliberate upon such opportunities.
1400 hrs: Seminar Concludes with Lunch