The Digital India programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. And the objective of Digital India Week is to “Inform, Educate & Engage”.
Digital India Campaign has come out with innovative ideas and practical solutions to realize Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a digital India. His vision is to empower every citizen with access to digital services, knowledge and information.
As a part of promoting Digital India awareness campaign, MIT Pune’s MIT School of Telecom Management (MITSOT) organized various events from 7th of July to 10th of July. The whole motive behind this was to create awareness about “Digital India” and participate as an active partner. Under the leadership of Dr. Milind Pande, Project Director, MIT Group of Institutions, MITSOT once again proved its mettle as most proficient institute by celebrating Digital India Week and participating through the conduct of various events.
As a part of celebration of digital India week, students of MITSOT spread awareness in many colleges across Pune City on Cyber Hygiene & Cyber Security. Our Student Managers delivered presentations on the same by talking about the do’s & don’ts while using electronic devices and discussed many types of Cyber crime like Hacking, Card Fraud, Phishing, Spoofing, Software Piracy, Cyber Stalking etc.
Network outages, data compromised by hackers, computer viruses and other incidents affect our lives in ways that range from inconvenience to life threatening situations. As the number of mobile users, digital applications and data network has increased, so has the risks and security issues and the opportunities for data misuse/ exploitation.
They also interacted with the faculty and students by discussing the problems they face and guided them at basic level. They also informed and updated them about laws and punishments regarding various types of cybercrime and conducted a survey regarding the same.
A Techno-Cultural-Educational fest has gained immense popularity and appreciation from students all over.
Shri Narendra Modi, our Prime Minsiter wants to create a digital India that would use technology to improve the country’s healthcare systems, education and banking. When PM kick started Digital India Week on 1st July from Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, he laid emphasis on National e- governance plan. Even though India is known as a powerhouse of software, the availability of electronic government services to citizens is still comparatively low. The vision of Digital India aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
Our proposal of activities forwarded to DeITY (NeGD) has been accepted & we organized awareness programme during this week.
MITSOT in association with CII,BSNL, IAMAI & Deloitte, had organized “Digital India Week- Inaugural Ceremony ” on 7th July, 2015 at Vivekananda Sabhagriha, MIT Campus Pune from 3.00 PM to 6.00 PM . DIW@MITSOT was an event organized for industry and academia to exchange thoughts and ideas on emerging issues of Digital India . It was structured as Expert talk Presentations followed by a panel Discussion.The theme for the Panel Discussion being, “Digital India – Challenges & Opportunities” this initiative by MITSOT received a huge response from the corporates, academicians and media.
The Inaugural Ceremony Commenced with introduction & Objectives of Digital India by Ms. Shobana Anand.
Project Director Dr. Milind Pande, MITSOT welcomed the gathering and felicitated the invited guests.
Mr. Hemant Joshi, Telecom Partner, Deloitte Pune convinced the audience about the importance of Digital Bharat. He said that the recent two events which include Apple posting highest ever quarterly results and Alibaba getting listed with a valuation of 200 billion dollars, demonstrate the importance of ideas and intellectual properties.
The Chief Guest for the function was Dr.Pradeep Kumar Hota, Principal General Manager, BSNL. He said that the power of information technology which was limited to a few will now reach far villages with the ambitious Digital India Programme and will bring about socio –economic change in the country. He added “ There is a huge task of taking Optical Fiber Connectivity to almost 2,50,000 village panchayats by end of 2016”
This was followed by a presentation on ‘Power of Social Media” by Mr.Siddhesh Bhobe, CEO, emee(Social Media), Persistent Systems. He added that this digital transformation is exciting and unavoidable. So people not comfortable with a smart phone have to get used to it.
Rohan Nyayadish, MD, Digital Task Force Services during his presentation on “Cyber Security “said that the digital development will come with its own set of security challenges and will be area of Opportunity.
This event brought together eminent speakers from the Industry for an Interesting Panel Discussion on “Digital India- Challenges & Opportunities”
Panelists for the discussion included:
Hemant Joshi, Telecom,Media,Technology Leader – Deloitte India (Moderator)
Pradeep Kumar Hota, Principal General manager – BSNL
Siddhesh Bhobe, CEO,eMee, Persistent Systems
Rohan Nyayadish, MD – Digital Task Force Services
Hitesh Shah, Director Sales CBU – Blackberry
At the end of the function, Pronouncement & brief on MOU with Blackberry was given by Mr. Hitesh Shah, Director Sales CBU, Blackberry India.
Mr. Hitesh Shah, Director Sales CBU, Blackberry India.
Dr. Jaideep Jadhav proposed vote of thanks marking the end of a successful event celebrating the Digital India Week.
India is the 2nd largest telecommunications market in the world. The mobile phone industry in India is likely to contribute US$ 400 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and has the potential to generate about 4.1 million additional jobs by 2020, as per Ms Anne Bouverot, Director General, Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA). The mobile ecosystem generated approximately 5.3 per cent of the GDP for India, and directly supported 730,000 jobs in 2012, according to the report titled ‘Mobile Economy India 2013’ released by GSMA in association with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). (Source: India Brand Equity Fund)
The above numbers speak about the volume of available jobs in the sector of Telecom in India. Most of the b-schools in India concentrate on the Marketing/Finance/HR specializations. Only a handful of them are offering the MBA Telecom Management courses. Educational institutes offering MBA Telecom Management are a need of the hour to skill such a huge number of workforces.
MBA in Telecommunications/ MBA Telecom Management should focus on the ‘techno-managerial’ skills of a student. They should groom Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers with the managerial perspective in addition to their engineering/telecommunication background. Enhancing the soft skills of a technical student will also help him/her in boosting the confidence of an MBA Telecom Management student. Effective use of the right communication skills will also shape them into dynamic future managers/leaders in the Telecom Sector.
Job opportunities for an MBA Telecom Management are enormous in all the verticals of the Telecom sector. Management of Telecom Networks/Telecom Projects, Marketing/Finance/HR operations, Operation Support Systems/Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS), Mobile apps development, Product Development, Consulting, Pre-Sales in the verticals of Infrastructure/Communication Service Providers/Manufacturers are just to name a few careers for the Telecom Management students.
Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), a non-profit industry driven body under the aegis of National Skill Development Corporation, India (NSDC), is an institution aiming to develop world class skilled manpower for the Telecom industry in India. According to TSSC, telecom sector employs close to 2.8 million people directly almost another 7 million indirectly, making it one of the largest employment generating sectors in the country. This skill council will endeavour to create a human resource pool of the right size and quality to meet the evolving demands of the Telecom industry. It will narrow the existing gap between demand and supply of skills by increased collaboration between the three primary stakeholders i.e. HR, Industry and academia. Telecom Management students will also be benefitted by certifying for TSSC affiliated courses. They can undergo training on a standard curriculum approved by all the industry stakeholders and get better job opportunities.