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Wednesday, 26 August 2020 | PNS

Virtual Conclave on Workplace turbulence

The COVID-19 pandemic induced economic crisis has negatively impacted hiring across sectors; a substantial number of organizations have put a freeze on all hiring . In an attempt to understand HR leaders’ perspectives on  the evolution of the workplace post COVID and its impact on employment prospects, BML Munjal University (BMU). The report titled “Navigating Workplace Turbulence” provides a first-hand perspective of HR Heads/CHROs on their outlook vis-a-vis the current status of work, hiring outlook, expectations from new recruits, role of education in grooming the talent pool, along with the requisite key skills .

The crucial takeaway from the poll is that employers are placing a higher value on soft skills and hands-on experience. Almost half (45%) of the respondents asserted that ‘Adaptability’ is the most important skill universities should look to inculcate in their students. They further emphasized the need for an entrepreneurial mindset, and teamwork & collaboration to succeed in a workforce changing in the backdrop of COVID-19. India Inc HR leaders also believe that the new-age educational institutes are better equipped to prepare students for jobs, and suggested that courses focusing on life skills, if not already on the curriculum, should be initiated in consultation with industry - 51% suggested offering more courses in life skills in consultation with industry, and a further 22% favour making industry internships mandatory.

Akshay Munjal, President, BML Munjal University said: “The world is undergoing a COVID-led transformation, and this is also going to impact the way we work. In addition to increased economic, political and social risks for businesses in general, the pandemic has particularly focused on organisational talent and HR related challenges. It has become critical to understand how organisations can prepare for the future, and how talent will need to be groomed to make this happen. With this report, we look in detail at how the workplace might transform. Increasing focus on soft skills training, in education and on the job, has emerged as most important for today’s learners. To make this possible, it requires a concerted, integrated effort by all stakeholders — students, colleges, employers and industry partners. We are committed to creating an unparalleled learning environment, and transforming students into well-rounded, industry ready-individuals.”

Exemplary Teacher Training Programme

The Global Education and Training Institute (GETI) training institute for in-service, pre-service teachers and education leaders will be launching teacher training programmes in first week of September. It available for enrollment of all teachers, principals and schools across India. The comprehensive training program will be part of the everyday classroom practice in online or blended environments with the students.

The aim’s to transform teacher training programme through technology. Moving forward to the new normal, schools are opting for virtual education.

With opportunities comes challenges and the need to tackle roadblocks, GETI is providing a platform for schools and teachers to lead a transformative agenda in their schools. A better performing and progressive school is viewed as a pioneer in education, and a pedagogical leader.

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