With automation seeping into almost every sector from software to business process outsourcing, a change needs to be brought in at the very basic level if an all-automated workplace situation is to be avoided. The current education system in India, according to Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, lacks what is needed to make future professionals ready for the upcoming challenges. The kind of jobs which exist today will not exist in future and in order to battle meet the future demands, the education system needs to be innovative. Also Read - Work from home: Here is a look at TCS and Infosys' long-term plan
Today, a lot of enterprises are thinning down their human workforce for cheaper, more skilled, and accurate robot workers. With machine-learning, artificial intelligence and bots, machines are becoming more human and proving an asset to businesses while humans are on the verge of becoming a liability. While this is resulting in increased production and less wastage, it is adversely impacting the employability factor of human workers. Nilekani has put primacy on reskilling workforce and overhauling the education in the country. Stressing on a creativity-based approach, the former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) believes continuous learning holds key to tackle the new changes which are underway. Also Read - Infosys has just launched a learning app for engineering students
“So, people will have to go in for life-time continuous learning mode and learn new ideas and skills throughout their working career. So, the education system will have to respond with a whole new model of providing life-long education, just in time, highly personalized… so that big change is required,” Nilekani told. Also Read - Reliance Jio, Infosys to set up projects in Bengal's proposed silicon valley hub
“I think you are definitely going to see a lot more built on automation. So, the recruitment in this sector may not be as buoyant as a few years ago”. ALSO READ: Researchers develop world’s first robotic surgeon with a sense of touch
Asked about criticism in some quarters that India’s 7-8 percent GDP growth is largely “jobless”, Nilekani said he suggested that if one focuses on domestic services and encourages platform aggregation, jobs can be created. “For example, somebody like Ola has a capacity to create a few hundred thousand driver entrepreneurs. So, I think you are going to see a lot more of that. And that’s how job creation will happen… by aggregation on platforms,” he added.