Perspective on Job ProjectionsThere were many a debate in this forum on the subject of achieving the targeted Jobs, if "Smartcity" materializes in Kochi.
Here's my views on this subject...
India have maintained Global competitiveness offering the best combination of cost-quality-scalability competing off-shore destinations such as China and Philippines.
As per the Department of IT, Current Indian IT Services offering are segmented along the following lines:
The Vertical-Specific Specialized IT Enabled Services, which includes;
Medical Transcriptions, Legal database processing, Digital content development/animation, Online Education, Remote Maintenance, Engineering and Desgin
and, General IT Enabled Services
Contact Centres, Telemarketing / Pre-Sales, Consumer Care, Technical Support, Back Office Operations, Accounts, Financial Services, etc., Data Processing
Because of these activities increasing geographically and spreading across key indian metros and beyond, the Department of IT have even segmented them to be in :
- Mubai, NCR (the National Capital Region) - including Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida
- Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Kolkota, Hyderabad
- Kochi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Goa
Now, when competition increases from other low-cost destinations like Plhillipines and China, the major players will be prompted to spread their operations into smaller towns in Tier 3 and obviously explore new service lines and options.
This Scenario shows that a reasonable % of Jobs will be available for "Smart Keralite Graduates" if "IT Park Ventures" like "SmartCity" sees the light and of course the politicians have a common understanding. Even, there is possiblity of many indirect jobs as well.
In such a situation, it is very unlikely for the IT Services companies, barring few managerial positions, that ousiders will be recruited simply because the Cost-benefit will be lost. As for the number of People that gets jobs, it depends on the policies of the government (whoever gets to sit in the chair - congress or cpm) and the necessary political support from everyone in the coming years.