Professionalize HRMD


February 4, 2019
Professionalize HRMD*
This refers to the report “Most students aware of just 7 career options”  (The Hindu Business Line, February 4). In India, after farm sector, the most neglected area is Human Resources Management and Development (HRMD). The ignorance of job opportunities among students in the age group of 14-21 evidenced in the research is just a symptom of the rot in HRMD in India caused by the absence of employment opportunities for the educated here.
As career counseling was not known as a necessary component of education system, talented youth, irrespective of their potential or aptitudes,  got misdirected to job options based on the wishes or ambitions of their parents. Planning and budgeting still remains linked to monetized, tangible assets. A change in this approach is overdue.
Government, PSUs and organizations in the private sector need to prepare a ‘talent budget’ in advance for the next five to ten years and let the education system (from schools to professional colleges/institutes) to know their annual requirements in different specialties. Those having responsibility to guide these institutions should dovetail these requirements while deciding the syllabus, number of seats and appointment of teaching staff in different educational institutions.
Compulsory aptitude tests as also incentives and disincentives to ensure employment of professionals in the areas of specialization are steps that can be considered. For all these to happen, all institutions need to recognize the need to professionalize in-house HRMD.
M G Warrier, Mumbai
*Response published in The Hindu Business Line, February 5, 2019

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