Sunday, October 07, 2007

20,000 northeast youths to get into IT-BPO sector

Oct 7 (IANS) Around 20,000 youths from the eight northeastern states are to be recruited for India's booming IT enabled services and business process outsourcing (ITES-BPO) industry.
According to the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), the initiative for the recruitment drive is being done with help from the union ministry of development of northeastern region (DoNER).
Nasscom, the apex body of Indian IT and service companiesl, has created an assessment and certification programme called Nasscom Assessment of Competence (NAC) for a common and transparent recruitment process.
'About 100 NAC tests would be conducted across the northeast followed by job fairs early next year for the successful candidates for recruitment to the ITES-BPO industry,' said Brajamohan Sinha, director of the Tripura manpower and employment department.
The tests, meant for graduates and others, are to be held in phases later this month and in November and December.
According to a Nasscom statement, of the 20,000 proposed recruits, the highest number of 8,000 would be from Assam followed by 3,500 from Tripura, 2,000 in Nagaland, 1,500 each from Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, and 1,000 each from Manipur and Sikkim.
'The ITES-BPO industry is growing at an overwhelming pace and giving a major fillip to the Indian economy. India has established its leadership position globally in the off shoring market and now the availability of skilled manpower is one of the key barriers to the fast growth of the industry,' Nasscom said.

IT department of government of Sikkim would beconducting free NAC test for Sikkim candidates in Gangtok later this year.