Format: January, 2020

Manish Sabharwal & Rituparna Chakraborty

20 Jun, 2019

India became more formal job friendly with recent ESIC reforms

In 1965 Professor Milton Friedman warned India that the Mahanalobis economic model being adopted “threatens an inefficient use of capital by combining it with too little at one extreme and an inefficient use of by combining it with too little capital at the other extreme”. Unfortunately, he was right; a dysfunctional...

4 min's, 48 sec's

Shiladitya Ray

31 May, 2018

SchoolGuru: The mobile app offering certified higher education courses

While India has tried its hand at distance education models like massive open online courses (MOOCs), they haven't really worked out well enough. Amid a host of factors like distance, lack of accessibility, lack of engagement, lack of motivation and so on, dropout rates for correspondence courses still remain high....

1 min, 42 sec's

Rituparna Chakraborty

31 May, 2018

Confidence, curiosity ensure millennials succeed in career

I find myself often in a rather unenviable position to predict the future of jobs. In spite of my valiant Nostradamus attempts, I have concluded that predictions are good for TRPs but are potentially misguiding for our youth. India’s job market has witnessed many unpleasant incidents in the past twelve months — while...

5 min's, 55 sec's

Rituparna Chakraborty

31 May, 2018

How digital technologies are shaping the HR industry

A few years ago, when ‘digital’ entered the corporate lexicon and boardroom discussions, few knew or anticipated the far-reaching impact that it would create. Today, for organisations, it is no longer about preparing for digital or making a transition to a new of way of thinking and doing business and work. It is now...

4 min's, 1 sec

Rituparna Chakraborty

31 May, 2018

A skilling crisis, not a jobs crisis: Need to make skilling a key goal towards nation-building

Skills should have been a priority after Independence because an unskilled or unemployed Indian is not a free Indian, and the launch of the Skill India campaign in 2015 seemed a fresh departure from the past. Taking a historical perspective, the phase 1 of skills in India was largely about a purposeless drift without...

4 min's, 25 sec's

Rituparna Chakraborty

31 May, 2018

Here are the five distinctive trends that will impact staffing in India

Trying to play the soothsayer of the tribe is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Drawing insights from several research reports and from my own role as a practitioner have pushed me to conclude that the top priorities for any staffing company at the moment are: Increasing profitability. Driving top-line revenue...

6 min's, 10 sec's

Manish Sabharwal

31 May, 2018

Karl Marx: Evaluating the long shadow

Niyat is a beautiful Urdu word — it roughly translates to your mind’s intentions. But that delicate language has an even more beautiful word called, zehniyat; roughly, your heart and soul’s intentions. One of life’s most interesting questions is whether we should judge people by outcomes or their niyat or zehniyat....

4 min's, 59 sec's

Sonal Arora

23 May, 2018

Do you earn between Rs 5-10 lakh? These factors decide your take-home salary

April and May are taxing times for both employers and employees alike.  While most companies follow April to March as their performance review cycle, which sees an extensive organization-wide performance review process; for the employees, in addition to the anticipation and anxiety of the performance review process,...

3 min's, 15 sec's

Manish Sabharwal and Ashok Reddy

3 May, 2018

Data on jobs: Be careful what you wish for

Some of us have long felt that India’s poverty industry and poor people lived on different planets. But the poverty industry’s reaction to new data from Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)/Employees’ State Insurance (ESI)/National Pension System (NPS) confirms they don’t live on different planets but a...

4 min's, 23 sec's

Neeti Sharma and Vikrant Pande

5 Apr, 2018

Technology has a place but it has to be kept in its place!

Ginnie Romety, the CEO of IBM, once spiked a thought, “Man and Machine always get a better answer than Man alone or Machine alone”. The recent announcement of the new integrated scheme for school education is a right step in the right direction but technology alone can hardly solve the fundamental problem affecting...

3 min's, 21 sec's