Tele­com Man­than 2018

Dis­cov­er­ing the New Age Cus­tomer and Emerg­ing Busi­ness Dy­nam­ics in the Tele­com Sec­tor

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Ac­cord­ing to a tweet by Ge­orge Bray, your cell­phone has got more com­put­ing power than all of NASA in 1969. In other words, the tech­nol­ogy NASA used to launch Neil Arm­strong on the moon is right in your pocket to­day. But with­out dig­i­tal aware­ness, wouldn’t it be like wag­ing a war against zom­bies of our so­ci­ety with an army of un­trained Spar­tans? Imag­ine handing over a gun to a group of mon­keys. It will do more harm than good.

In­dia pro­duces around 37 lakh tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates ev­ery year, which is more than the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of Sin­ga­pore. How­ever, ‘Make in In­dia’ still re­mains a dream far from re­al­ity. Are we do­ing the right things to get rid of the road­blocks? Or just pre­par­ing for an­other shot in the dark.

Held amidst much me­dia glare and fan­fare at All In­dia Coun­cil of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (AICTE) au­di­to­rium in New

Delhi on May 16, 2018, Tele­com Man­than ad­dressed sev­eral such key is­sues and lim­i­ta­tions for cre­at­ing qual­ity tele­com tal­ent pool in the coun­try to fa­cil­i­tate Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s dream of Dig­i­tal In­dia, Skill In­dia, and Make in In­dia.

Or­ga­nized by Voice&Data in as­so­ci­a­tion with Tele­com Sec­tor Skill Coun­cil, Tele­com Man­than 2018 dis­cussed emerg­ing busi­ness dy­nam­ics in the tele­com sec­tor, syn­er­giz­ing em­ploy­ment for skilled man­power for ben­e­fit of all, the new age cus­tomer, and em­pow­er­ing the skill ecosys­tem. With hon­or­able Shri Manoj Sinha, min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Govt. of In­dia, in at­ten­dance as chief guest, the event was one-of-its-kind plat­form for brain­storm­ing, de­bat­ing, and net­work­ing of all ICT ed­u­ca­tion and skill build­ing stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing academia, train­ing and as­sess­ment part­ners, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, tech­nol­ogy ven­dors, ser­vice providers, as­pir­ing pro­fes­sion­als and liveli­hood seek­ers, and HR lead­ers.

Tele­com Man­than 2018 was di­vided i nto three ses­sions.

In the first ses­sion, thought lead­ers Shri N. Si­va­sailam, (IAS) Spe­cial Sec­re­tary, DoT, Shri Ra­jesh Agar­wal, (IAS) Joint Sec­re­tary, MSDE, Mr. Akhil Gupta, Vice Chair­man, Bharti En­ter­prises Ltd, Pres­i­dent TSSC, Mr. P Balaji, Di­rec­tor-Reg­u­la­tory, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs & CSR, Voda­fone, Vice-Pres­i­dent TSSC, Mr. Arvind Bali, CEO & Di­rec­tor, Video­con Tele­com, Trea­surer TSSC, Dr. SS Pabla, Pres­i­dent BSDU, and Mr. Man­ish Ku­mar, CEO, NSDC talked about syn­er­giz­ing em­ploy­ment for skilled man­power.

The sec­ond ses­sion was about emerg­ing busi­ness dy­nam­ics due to rapid trans­for­ma­tion in the tele­com sec­tor and ways to iden­tify the op­por­tu­ni­ties that lay ahead. The panel dis­cus­sion (chaired by Ms. Ar­pita Pal Agar- wal, Tele­com Pro­fes­sional: Mod­er­a­tor, TR Dua, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral TAIPA, Ra­jat Mukarji, Chief Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Of­fi­cer, Idea Cel­lu­lar, Ra­jesh Tosh­ni­wal, CEO Tosh­ni­wal En­ter­prises, De­val Parikh, CEO & Di­rec­tor, Bright­star In­dia, Ajay Gupta, Head Strat­egy, In­dia Eric­son, and Ravi Shankar Rai, MD Sav­itri Tele­com) was fo­cused specif­i­cally on the chang­ing be­hav­ior of the new cus­tomer that is in­flu­enc­ing the en­tire busi­ness strate­gies and mon­e­tiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The last ses­sion of Tele­com Man­than 2018 kick­started with a key­note ad­dress by Dr. M P Poo­nia, Vice Chair­man, AICTE, who em­pha­sized on the im­por­tance of chang­ing the In­dian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem to adapt to new tech­nolo­gies. The au­di­ence showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion with a round of ap­plause on and off as Dr. Poo­nia mixed wit and wis­dom in his speech.

The panel dis­cus­sion saw mem­bers Dr. S S Pabla, Pres­i­dent BSDU-Mod­er­a­tor, Profe. KDS Bedi, Di­rec­tor Prin­ci­pal, Chitkara Univer­sity, Dr. Kumkum Garg, Dean, Bb­har­tiya Skill De­vel­op­ment Univer­sity, Jaipur, Mr. Amit Goyal, Busi­ness Head, HMD Global (In­dia), Mr. Ke­tan Kapoor, Founder & CEO, Mettl, talk about cat­alyz­ing skilled em­ploy­ment in Dig­i­tal In­dia with spe­cific ref­er­ence to con­tri­bu­tion by Academia, In­dus­try & Skill ecosys­tem. Maj Gen Deepin­der Singh, Di­rec­tor TSSC closed the ses­sion with an over­view on TSSC ini­tia­tives that sup­port de­lib­er­a­tions.

The key ob­jec­tive of Tele­com Man­than 2018 was to dis­cuss un­der­ly­ing chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the tele­com sec­tor and ob­serve its im­pact on skill build­ing. The qual­ity tal­ent pool in this sec­tor will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the growth of In­dian tele­com in­fra­struc­ture. The year 2018 is a mile­stone in the In­dian Tele­com In­dus­try as there are sev­eral ma­jor step-for­wards in store.

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