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Posted at: Jun 9, 2019, 7:22 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2019, 7:22 AM (IST)

No quality manpower

Ambika Sharma in Solan

The industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN), which accounts for 89 per cent of Himachal Pradesh’s industry, has been facing shortage of quality manpower in fields like pharmacy, engineering and management. Though there is no dearth of professionals who pass out from various private engineering, pharmacy and management colleges of Himachal, their skill levels are far  from satisfactory. “Students from many polytechnic and industrial training institutes are professionally better equipped in comparison to students who pass out from many private engineering and management colleges as these are not being imparted quality education,” says YS Guleria, general manager of an automobile manufacturing company based in Nalagarh.

After a temporary gap, business was back to normal and demonetisation had not hit the availability of jobs in the pharmaceutical hub of  Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh, which houses 350 pharmaceutical units. Fresh passouts from pharmacy colleges, however, failed to match up to the required skill levels.

According to Ajay Bhatia, senior HR professional at a pharmaceutical company, “The quality of education has gone down badly. One could barely get five to 10 per cent professionals with required skills. The majority of Pharmacy graduates looking for jobs lack required passion to pursue the profession. This is visible in their abysmally low skill levels.” 

He added that demonetisation has not hit the availability of jobs rather a surge of about 30 to 40 per cent has been witnessed in the users of debit and credit cards with cash transactions  declining.

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