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How can NASSCOM do this, When NASSCOM is supporting NONACCOUNTABILITY and being a partner with NISG ?

Posted by egovindia on July 15, 2006

Nasscom to make India ‘Fort Knox’ of IT sector

[ How this can be done by NASSCOM when NASSCOM is MAJORITY partner in NISG ?}

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Aims to get 70 pc workforce listed in a centralised database; in touch with engg colleges for the same

Sanjiv Kumar

New Delhi: The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) is bullish on its National Skills Registry (NSR) initiative and is targeting 25 IT majors for this drive in the next two months. The aim is to improve recruitment in the IT-ITeS sector which is suffering from ever-increasing incidents of frauds and fake CVs.

Since its launch in January, about 18 IT firms – including Mphasis, TCS, Genpact, NIIT, Cognizant and ICICI OneSource – have already come forward to join the NSR. “The target for the next two-three months is to get all the top 25 companies, which account for 70 per cent of the workforce within the IT-ITeS sector, to enrol for the NSR,” Nasscom President Kiran Karnik told Mumbai Mirror.

What is the NSR?

The NSR is an initiative undertaken by the apex industry body to create, operate and maintain a national database of employees working in the IT-BPO industry in India.

It contains third-party verified personnel, their qualifications and basic career information of IT professionals.

According to Karnik, the inclusion of big IT-BPO players in the NSR, which is an employee-friendly measure to minimise any misuse of employee identity, will inspire small firms to join the novel league.

“We aim to make India the Fort Knox of security, positioning ourselves as the ‘gold’ standard for security as we already are in quality,” he added.

It won’t be easy!

In an industry that employs over 4,00,000 persons and sees a churn of nearly 4,000 agents every week, maintaining and updating a database like the NSR is an uphill task, according to some industry experts.

Admitting that the NSR will take some more time to be operational, Karnik still felt that the NSR was the need of the hour to ensure smooth development of the domestic IT industry which could be threatened by the slightest problem with physical security and governance.

After all, these issues, if not properly handled, could derail growth and hopes of the IT industry. According to a joint Nasscom-McKinsey study, the IT-BPO exports are expected to reach $60 billion in 2010, from just over $17 billion last year.

Engineering students welcome too

Besides IT and BPO firms, Nasscom is also in touch with engineering graduates to sign up for the NSR. “Letters have already been sent by Nasscom to heads of institutions like IITs, NITs and several private engineering colleges with NSR details and an outline of the advantages it offers,” Karnik stated. Nasscom has also urged these institutions to share the information among the Final Year students.

The association plans to hold roadshows in major cities on the issue. Such shows have already been held in metros.


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