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Nasscom with IIM Bangalore Launches Leadership Resource Centre

Indian IT organisation the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) announced the launch of a Leadership Resource Centre (LRC) in association with IIM Bangalore. The NASSCOM LRC is a global collaborative online learning community which aims at building differentiated leadership competencies in future leaders of the industry.

To enhance skills and to create industry ready talent for the IT sector in India, the NASSCOM has announced the launch of the NASSCOM Leadership Resource Center (LRC) on the sidelines of the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2017 in the presence of R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM, Sushma Rajagopalan, Chairperson – NASSCOM IT Services Council and CEO & MD, ITC Infotech, Vasanthi Srinivasan, IIMB, amongst other dignitaries from the industry.

The initiative will be an online collaboration platform, which will serve as the backbone of the NASSCOM Leadership initiatives. The platform will enable aspiring leaders to collaborate with industry leaders, and learn from experience sharing and co-created conversations.

The content would be created by IIMB Centre for Software and IT Management, along with IT companies sharing their best practices for organization members and would be delivered at IIMB and across large cities. A number of large IT companies have volunteered to loan their physical infrastructure free of cost as their additional contribution to the initiative.

The service will focus on all segments of Indian IT companies and non-NASSCOM members would also be able to leverage the services.  Through such initiatives NASSCOM aims at championing the cause of redefining skilling for the IT industry, enabling companies to find a direction through which they can improve their overall competitiveness.

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To start with, the LRC would focus on small and medium IT firms, but the long term aim is to cater to companies of all sizes across various sectors. With the digital disruption currently underway, the industry is focussing on newer skills that can help it remain relevant.

R Chandrashekhar said, “The high level of ambiguity, uncertainty and rate of change that confronts the industry is here to stay, which is why we need a differentiated approach.” They said it was the first such leadership initiative in the world that was for the industry, by the industry.

The three year plan will focus on SMEs in the first two years with the primary aim to help them scale and grow. It would benefit sub-scale and young Global In-House Centers (GICs) from the second year.

The large IT companies and GICs will provide leadership insights, physical infrastructure at locations for offline courses, tools and techniques for managing growth and scaling. Over time, they would introduce a Mentor Exchange Programme.

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