India bracing to have 5 million skilled telecom manpower by 2022


Keeping in mind the enormous potential of telecom focused skilled manpower, the Telecom Sector Skill Council or TSSC is bracing towards providing 5 million skilled manpower to India’s telecom sector by 2022. As part of this plan, TSSC is looking forward to putting in place an integrated skill development strategy for the converged ICT sector. This announcement was made on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) which was presided by Shri MF Farooqui, IAS, Chairman – Telecom Commission and Secretary – Department of Telecom. 

Speaking on the occasion, Akhil Gupta, President -TSSC and Deputy Group CEO & Managing Director – Bharti Enterprises said, “TSSC is an initiative aimed at contributing to the Government’s vision of skill development for supporting the country’s inclusive economic growth. The telecom sector has been a key enabler of economic growth in the country and will need a pool of talent with the right skills to support its future growth that will be driven by a gamut of technologies. The TSSC plans to set up 500 training centres across the country to offer high quality training to people across a variety of telecom sector verticals to support the sector’s growth.”

The Indian Telecom Sector has played a stellar role in connecting and bringing voice to every common man in our Country. Its contribution to the GDP, to Infrastructure Development and the overall growth of the nation has been recognized globally.

The National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012 recognizes that the rapid growth in the Telecom Sector needs to be supported by an enhanced pace of human capital formation and capacity building. With this objective the Telecom Sector Skill Council is now mandated to facilitate and skill 80,000 people and help infuse Rs. 80 crores through active Government support by end of this year. The initiative will provide stimulus and resources to Service Providers, Handset manufacturers, Network Management Service Providers, Passive and Active Infrastructure Providers, Technology and Equipment Manufacturers, Back Office Support including BPO and KPO, covering the entire gamut of Telecom Sector under one umbrella of Skill Development.

TSSC has already developed National Occupational Standards (NOS), for 25 job roles, which lays emphasis on the key responsibilities that a candidate has to perform while in job.  Out of these 25 Job Roles, training is already going on for 3500 trainees in 6 Job Roles covering 18 States/UT’s.

The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) is a Non-Profit Organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. We are an industry led apex body, jointly set up by The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Indian Cellular Association (ICA) & Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE) to ensure adequate availability of skilled manpower to boost growth and productivity in the Telecom Sector. Set up under the aegis of the National Skill Development Corporation, TSSC has members from the various Telecom industries, Academia, Industry associations (such as COAI, ICA, AUSPI & TAIPA) and representation from the Government (DeitY) as well.

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