This Article is From Oct 04, 2016

Lots Of Today's Jobs Won't Exist In Future, Says Infosys Co-Founder Nandan Nilekani

Lots Of Today's Jobs Won't Exist In Future, Says Infosys Co-Founder Nandan Nilekani

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani said automation, artificial intelligence and bots are happening.

Highlights

  • Automation, machine-learning happening: ex-UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani
  • Must make education system far more innovative, creativity-based, he says
  • Job creation to happen by 'aggregation on platforms', Infy co-founder add
Hyderabad: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani on Monday emphasised the need for reskilling and an overhaul of the education system, saying that a lot of jobs that exist today will not exist in future.

"We have to do something and make our education system far more innovative and creativity-based because in future, a lot of jobs that exist today will not exist. A lot of new jobs will get created," said Mr Nilekani, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

"So, people will have to go in for lifetime continuous learning mode and learn new ideas and skills throughout their working career. So, the education system will have to respond with a whole new model of providing life-long education, just in time, highly personalised... so that big change is required," he told PTI.

He also said automation, machine-learning, artificial intelligence and bots are happening, both in the software and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors.

"I think you are definitely going to see a lot more built on automation. So, the recruitment in this sector may not be as buoyant as a few years ago."

Asked about criticism in some quarters that India's 7-8 per cent GDP growth is largely "jobless", Mr Nilekani suggested that if one focuses on domestic services and encourages platform aggregation, jobs can be created.

"For example, somebody like Ola has a capacity to create a few hundred thousand driver entrepreneurs. So, I think you are going to see a lot more of that. And that's how job creation will happen... by aggregation on platforms," he said.
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