Head-Human Resource at Tuyasmart India
How are smart devices helping the education domain?
There is a huge change in the way students are taught as smart classes are the norm. Smart devices are meant to provide data and assist in a lot of ways and can be used to assist in planning. Teachers have a greater responsibility, as they have to be aligned with the information available to students on open platforms. They have to prepare a curriculum using the latest devices and technology. They have to work on presentations and videos that can be accessed with flexibility. It has enhanced the exposure to global sources of knowledge.
Technology can be related to lifestyle and used for maintaining a proper schedule. For instance, using a smartwatch, students can plan their study time and track their fitness. In this way, it helps students. There are both pros and cons of digitization, and nothing should be in excess. However, online education has enabled students to access education in a self-paced format. E-books, quizzes, and other educational material are available for reference.
Many EdTech companies have also made a foray into the domain and are building a successful business by partnering with institutes and instruction developers, who guide with course design and include interactivity. This transformation has proven to be a golden opportunity for them. Many institutes have digitized their interface, from admission to curriculum and results. Hence, students can access all the information easily. Colleges are gaining from the change as the process has been streamlined. SAP is being applied in almost all fields and information generation is modified. AI is helping institutes stay aligned with the current trends and managing the admission and placements. They can readily access student data to check the performance and understand the need for more support. Hence, assistance can be targeted to specific students, and for particular subjects. So, using the appropriate technology for benefiting all stakeholders is important.
Tell us about your entrepreneurial stint. How did the idea develop?
I joined my old friend who was into the recruitment domain and with him few of old friends from the corporate and education sector joined together and collaborated with few of the Polytechnic and Diploma / Engineering colleges. The purpose was to tie up with them on the skill development programme and getting the students ready for the corporate sector by assisting and handholding them in better placements and livelihood. They have policies to partner with external trainers to teach soft skills to students, reduce the corporate – campus gap and prepare them for the corporate sector. Polytechnics do not have that adequate support system for career planning, such as placement departments and counsellors. So the Government has framed these policies for students’ development. We built resumes, taught communication skills, team management skills, enhance personality etc and prepared them to face interviews, and made them confident.
The idea got developed looking at the gap in the output-input scenario and the corporate requirement of the new recruits.
The pandemic has indeed proven beneficial for digital growth and transformation sectors. How do you see the trend now for the next few years?
Digitization and smart devices are now in the category of necessity, like our basic needs. Currently, we are dependent on technology, and it will help us grow. The faster we adapt to technological change in our professional and personal life, the better it is for our success. The purchase decisions will be associated with future trends. This needs more focus as it is a requirement. People can have access to education, health, and other facilities through smart devices.
We have to reduce the cost of these devices and make them affordable and accessible for a larger population. The government also has to take some steps, like providing some subsidies and also encourage fast development of smart devices and network. At some places, the distribution of devices has also helped.
When you hire people, what are the top 3 qualities that you look for?
This changes as per the company and sector for which you are hiring as skill requirements are different. There are different tools to judge a candidate and varying qualities that are measured. However, the common qualities that have to be present from a global perspective are people skills. Intellectual Integrity is something I prioritise, and it relates to honesty in presenting a person’s skills. Many psychometric tests are used for judging this factor and the thinking styles. Secondly, I look at the ability to approach situations. I judge their perspective to act in different conditions, and plan their action or ask for support according to the resources available. They have to relearn and get the work done.
The third is thinking ability and agility. Earlier we had traditional courses in a single domain. Now the education pattern has changed and you can opt for specific courses and multiple subjects right from the school level. Studies are more skill-driven and focus on what you want to do. Design thinking and agile thought process are very critical. So, I would say that a candidate must have a strong value system, intellectual honesty, and must think spontaneously.
How essential is it for students to upskill themselves after entering
The motive of education in the first place is to follow a profession that you aspire for and be successful in the field. So, education is the key to professional success across domains. Sports, music, and other vocations also offer specialized training. Students have to be aware as even after getting 100% marks they have to face competition.
Upskilling and knowledge and learning is not only for students; it is perpetual. You have to learn, unlearn and relearn as the job demands are changing. Upskilling will be required because corporates require current skills and they prefer people who are updated. You have to be open to learning new things and try to keep constantly learning.