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Q & A : ‘Job opportunities galore in telecom industry’ says Milind Pande

Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 7:39am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

We all are aware of the fact that use of Mobiles has gone far beyond just ‘Voice and Text’ in last couple of years. Over last two decades, especially after the declaration and successful implementation of the National Telecom Policy in 1999 by Government of India, India has witnessed a telecom revolution both in Upgraded Technology as well as Connectivity. Project Director at city’s MIT School of Telecom Management, Milind Pande throws light on current trends in telecom sector. A doctorate in wireless technology and telecom technology transfer, Pande speaks to Rajesh Rao about job opportunities in telecom emphasizing on the recent government initiatives.

What is the right path while choosing a career path?
While choosing a career path in today’s world of constant changes, the most important requisite is its ‘Shelf-Life’. Especially in the field of technology where every day’s sun rises with an upgraded version of a gadget or two. To choose the right path that will give today’s extremely brilliant generation job satisfaction coupled with better standard of living, we need a focused and balanced approach while choosing the same.
Is there a tremendous job opportunity in telecom field?
The new market segmentation is driven by apps, there are many advanced and popular solutions in the market today. There are tremendous job opportunities lying in telecom field, with contemporary trends like mEducation (Mobile Education), mAgri, mHealth, mAuto, mBanking, and so on completely changing the layman’s life. About 17% of the population in cities and 83% in the villages are dependent on mobiles, and these figures themselves give us an idea of the amount of employment opportunities that this particular field is generating.
What specialization is need to enter telecom field?
Unlike other streams, the best part in Telecom sector so far as entering this field in general and doing Post Graduation in Telecommunications is concerned, one need not possess an engineering degree. This stream of PG is for any simple graduate who is willing to do a fulltime MBA or PGDM. The only difference is those who belong to an engineering background, get placement opportunities in technical departments and anyone from general graduation background get placed in departments other than actual manufacturing or software designing.
How is TSSC revolutionising the skill development for telecom field in India?
The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), one of the 23 Skill Councils under National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) is committed to develop world class skilled manpower for the telecom industry. The TSSC aimed to Up-skill and certify 45 Lacs personnel in 150 trades, train 24,000 trainers, accredit 500 training organizations and to cover the whole country progressively over a period of 10 years by signing MOUs with around 200 Indian industries. Currently TSSC has identified 26 job roles in the telecom verticals of Telecom Service Providers, Passive Infrastructure, Network and Managed Services and handset sales and repairs.

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