Stress on Skill De­vel­op­ment via VR

VR or its derivation MR (Mixed Re­al­ity) could see skilling as its first se­ri­ous use case in In­dia if NTP 2018 ad­vo­cates and en­cour­ages the in­dus­try to lead by ex­am­ple

Voice&Data - - NTP 2018 - Faisal ka­woosa

The Na­tional Tele­com Pol­icy 2018 has to be vi­sion­ary to lead the in­dus­try by ex­am­ples. Skilling is all im­por­tant and has thank­fully re­ceived all recog­ni­tion in the re­cent years af­ter NSDC led ro­bust and ex­haus­tive ecosys­tem was setup.

Tele­com is one huge area of op­por­tu­nity in terms of em­ploy­ment, al­beit a re­fresh as well as up­grade of skills is re­quired in the in­dus­try for en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians to be able to deal with the emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies like IoT, 5G and FTTx.

In a re­cent in­dus­try fo­rum key note de­liv­ered by the Tele­com Sec­re­tary, it was re­it­er­ated that skills are go­ing to be an im­por­tant con­stituent of the up­com­ing Na­tional Tele­com Pol­icy 2018.

While it should def­i­nitely talk about what and where skilling is re­quired, there is a need to also pon­der upon how to skill, es­pe­cially in this tech­nol­ogy sec­tor that is go­ing to be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant and strate­gic re­quir­ing pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing to de­liver what the net­work is sup­posed to.

For in­stance, some of the fun­da­men­tal ten­ants of fu­ture net­works like SDN, Edge Com­put­ing and Vir­tu­al­iza­tion would re­quire op­ti­mal en­gi­neer­ing that can only be achieved through pre­ci­sion skilling.

The NTP 2018 must ad­vo­cate for the in­tense use of dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies in skilling the work­force of fu­ture in this sec­tor. Vir­tual Re­al­ity or VR, for in­stance, has a lot of po­ten­tial in aid­ing qual­ity and pre­ci­sion skilling. Be it from a sim­ple job of in­fra­struc­ture lay­ing and aug­men­ta­tion to pre­par­ing net­works for real-time ze­ro­la­tency ap­pli­ca­tions like tele-surgery and au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, VR can play a cru­cial role in achiev­ing world class skilling of the tele­com pro­fes­sion­als.

VR or its derivation MR (Mixed Re­al­ity) could see skilling as its first se­ri­ous use case in In­dia if NTP 2018 ad­vo­cates and en­cour­ages the in­dus­try to lead by ex­am­ple. There could be noth­ing like skilling in tele­com that can help op­er­a­tors not only in get­ting the best of the work force, but also create a use case out of the emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and con­cepts like VR.

Such vi­sion­ary steps will put govern­ment in a ‘lead by ex­am­ple’ sit­u­a­tion where it would be prac­tic­ing what it en­vi­sions. Thereby not only help­ing the sec­tor keep the pace with the lat­est and emerg­ing but also an­chor­ing the ac­tual use of such tech­nolo­gies of fu­ture.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion of im­mer­sive tech­nolo­gies like VR will not only ed­u­cate the pro­fes­sional about a skill but also em­power with con­fi­dence to de­liver by ac­quir­ing skills in a ‘live’ sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment. VR shall not only help in clear­ing the con­cepts but en­grave the ac­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion ex­per­tise in the minds of the fu­ture tele­com pro­fes­sion­als.

This pol­icy driven ap­proach shall also pave way to cre­at­ing use cases rel­e­vant for In­dia mak­ing in­te­gra­tion of the dis­rup­tions around eas­ier and mean­ing­ful. (The author is Head, New Ini­tia­tives, Cy­ber­Me­dia Re­search)

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