Saturday, October 21, 2006

Outsourcing Works Both Ways, Talent Shortage in India

From the NY Times:

Indian IT firms like Infosys (
NASDAQ:INFY) are now recruiting engineering talent in the US - they get trained in India (at Mysore, near Bangalore), and then return to the US to work for Infosys, according to this article:

Where once the brains of India left for more lucrative pastures in the United States, today a handful of fresh American college graduates are sampling the fruits of the Indian economic boom.

The recruits from America and elsewhere are not expected to fill the looming labor pinch. But they do illustrate the efforts by Indian companies to extend their global reach and recognition.

From a related NY Times article, "Skills Gap Hurts Technology Boom in India":
As its technology companies soar to the outsourcing skies, India is bumping up against an improbable challenge. In a country once regarded as a bottomless well of low-cost, ready-to-work, English-speaking engineers, a shortage looms.

India still produces plenty of engineers, nearly 400,000 a year at last count. But their competence has become the issue.

A study commissioned by a trade group, the National Association of Software and Service Companies, found only one in four engineering graduates to be employable. The rest were deficient in the required technical skills, fluency in English or ability to work in a team or deliver basic oral presentations.


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