MUMBAI, December 08: The Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (HSNC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (USA) have signed an academic partnership on 5th of December 2014. HSNC President Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani said the Memorandum of Understanding will ‘further the cause of establishing strategic partnerships between institutions of higher education’. “It also aims at fostering inter-cultural understanding between Pennsylvania and India,” he added.
“The tie-up will provide avenues for leadership and professional development,” said Ms. Manju Nichani, Principal of K. C. College. “It will facilitate teacher and student exchange initiatives and other twinning programs,” she added.
“This is a significant step for the HSNC Board,” said the HSNC President Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, “as Pennsylvania is the only state in the USA to have established a unique government endorsed and managed ‘India Higher Education Initiative’.”
The signing of the partnership took place at the K C College, Mumbai on the 5th of December 2014.
The HSNC Board which has a strong presence in academia through its 27 educational institutions was represented by its President Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani and Principal, K. C. College, Ms. Manju Nichani. The delegation from Pennsylvania comprised Deputy Secretary Wilfred Muskens, Vice Chancellor Peter Garland, Dr. Don Francis and Pennsylvania’s Special Envoy Ms. Kanika Choudhary, who also the City of Philadelphia’s Honorary Ambassador to India.
HSNC Board President Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani said he sought to drive home the message that international exposure for the staff and students of institutions of the HSNC Board is the need of the hour; several international exchanges, visits, tie-ups and programs have been initiated in the past.
“The HSNC Board has actively formed collaborations and tie-ups with some of the major academic institutions across the world, including Deakin University, Australia and Union College, New York,” said Ms. Manju Nichani, Principal, K. C. College. “These collaborations are aimed to mutually benefit both the institutions through exchange of students and faculty,” concluded Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani.
Open Doors (www.iie.org/opendoors) ranks Pennsylvania as the sixth largest host state in the USA for international students with a total of over 33,000 students in 2012.
India is the second leading country of origin for foreign students in Pennsylvania, accounting for 15.8 percent of all international students enrolled in the state.
By 2020, it is expected that India will be the top country of origin for all international students studying in the United States.
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The Hiranandani Foundation School is a co-educational, English medium ICSC school founded in 1990 by the Hiranandani Foundation, a registered charitable trust. The objective of the school is to form minds which can be critical and which can verify and not accept everything they are offered; to mould students who become creative, inventive and innovative young men and women capable of doing new things.
The school aims at an all round character formation of its students and the development of proper attitudes. Students are encouraged to participate in activities that broaden their interests, that discover their latent talents and develop in them a team spirit. Consciously or unconsciously students absorb a great deal from these activities and in the great examination of life it is these extra assimilation's which speak of a schools worth
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At the Hiranandani Foundation School we believe in providing education without the restriction of constraints of any sort. Here we are proud to mention that we have the state of the art infrastructure. The well ventilated and bright classrooms provide the necessary ambience for energizing the young minds of our future. The playgrounds that surround our school, allow the students to channelise their energies and provide holistic development of their minds and bodies.
At HFS we believe in inculcating a sense of integrity and personal responsibility by sensitizing them to ideas and topics of global significance. This, of course, cannot be achieved without the constant support of the teaching and non teaching staff, headed by our very inspiring Principal, Mrs. Kalyani Patnaik. Our teachers maintain an informal, yet disciplined, environment with the students which encourage them to put forth their ideas and opinions without the fear of being censured.
As the construction and other infrastructure building activities in the country flourish, there is a growing need to mobilize and train individuals in the construction sector so that the rising need for skilled manpower can be fulfilled. Ensuring a steady pool of qualified, globally-competitive and job-ready workforce for the construction industry will not only ensure high quality output, it will also lead to a higher employment generation in urban, semi-urban and rural areas, consequently having a multiplier effect on the country’s GDP growth.
India has 11million students currently pursuing higher education, which represents only 11% of the age group 17-23, which is expected to rise up till 21% by 2017. India is emerging as human capital and knowledge driven economy on the world map. Therefore, govt must acutely address to the inadequacies in vocational education domain to make it more prominent. Govt is expected to draw huge investment on ICT (Information & Communication Technology) front, considering the fact that world is turning around to digitalization.
The value of the construction sector with respect to India’s economy has never been more impactful. The Real Estate sector- Residential, Commercial & SEZ and Corporate – is growing at a significant rate of approximately 10 to 15 % p. a. The GDP contribution of construction sector is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% to 10% till 2022 in real terms. This bodes well for the many millions who could find employment opportunities in this sector. If all goes well, the overall employment in the industry could grow from 36 million to over 83 million by 2022.
Investments in the real estate sector also have a positive and multiplier impact on allied industries. As per statistics, 78% of the sum spent on construction of a housing unit in India gets added back directly to the India’s GDP. Thus industries such as building material cement, steel, sand, timber, architectural and interior design, and financing institutions also benefit. These are more skill driven.
The hitch is that productivity in this sector is diminishing owing to low labor quality and skills need to be upgraded for millions of workers.
The Construction Skill Development Council needs to devise industry-based curriculum, set training standards, offer vocational training and provide industry based certification.
Acknowledging the skill deficit in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created a ministry to undertake the agenda of skill development and entrepreneurship. Sarbananda Sonowal has been appointed minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, with the Government pledging its intent and purpose on a variety of issues.
Major objectives include strategically developing high impact domains like labour-intensive manufacturing (viz. textile, footwear, electronics assembly, etc. and Tourism), strengthening the traditional employment bases of agriculture and allied industries, and retail – through modernization as well as stronger credit and market linkages, harnessing the opportunities provided by the up gradation of infrastructure and housing, for its job generating potential, encouraging and empowering our youth for self-employment – incubating entrepreneurship as well as facilitating credit, addressing the employability issue by initiating a multi-skills development programme in mission mode. Focus will be on perennial job creation and entrepreneurship, in both rural and urban areas.
Other areas involve transforming our Employment Exchanges into Career Centres – connecting our youth with job opportunities in a transparent and effective manner through the use of technology; as well as providing counselling and training, construction Skill Development– Massive thrust on construction skill development (Skilled/ Semi skilled and Unskilled) – for employment generation – would lead to 25 million new jobs.
It is proposed to initiate 100 New Smart Cities – With doubling of urban population from 28crs (2001) to 56crs (2030), the urban land footprint presently at 4% of total land mass to be doubled –creation of 100 new smart integrated cities with latest technologies and infrastructure.
Although the construction industry employs 36 million people, second only to the agricultural sector, the incremental workforce requirement is around four million people per year over the next seven years to sustain the current growth rate. The construction industry is set to face challenges in terms of sourcing skilled manpower. The bulk of workforce at around 82.5% constitutes of unskilled labour and rest of them is skilled labor.
Strategic investment in human capital and advancement in quality can be regarded as key to building a knowledge economy. India needs to revamp its skill development strategies with a focus on industry needs and attempt to balance labor demand and supply.
Skill development will act as dynamic vehicle to pace up & accelerate productivity & entrepreneurship. We can take cognizance that PM Modi has given utmost importance and priority to the subject which can have a paradigm shift to the employment generation in India.
Contributed by –Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani –MD- Hiranandani Group.