Varsha worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs before switching to journalism. She started off at Business India and later moved to Forbes India where she writes across industries and companies but has a bias towards startups, technology and the FMCG sector. She was a national level athlete and now enjoys running half marathons.
Industry body Nasscom today announced the launch of a ‘Leadership Resource Centre’ in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), on the sidelines of third and final day of the Nasscom India Leadership Forum 2017 in Mumbai.
At a time when industries are being disrupted by advances in technology, the Nasscom Leadership Resource Centre (LRC) aims to develop the requisite skills and leadership competencies among future leaders. “As part of digital disruption multiple skills will become high in demand, among them will be pervasive leadership skills. Future leaders will require different skillsets to be able to effectively meet and address dynamically evolving business imperatives,” said Sushma Rajagopalan, chairperson of the Nasscom IT services council (NITSC), at a press conference announcing the launch. It was cited that India will need more than 500,000 leaders with new skill sets by 2025.
In this context, the LRC will serve as a “collaborative network” offering curated online content, including self-directed learning, peer-to-peer learning, coaching, and discussion forums; as well as offline workshops. The content has been curated by IIM-B and it specifically targeted at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the IT industry. Stalwarts of the IT industry are expected to pool in their time and resources in mentoring future leaders. “This initiative will help SMEs leapfrog to the next level,” said Nasscom chairman and Tech Mahindra CEO, CP Gurnani.
The Indian IT industry is estimated to grow from $160 billion today to $325 billion by 2025. According to Sharad Heda who serves on NITSC, this would mean an addition of 25,000 SMEs, on a conservative level.