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On one side, where the companies hire graduates belonging from Science background, the other, Wipro, India's third largest IT firm has started recruiting non-science graduates for technology jobs.
The company wants to hire candidates from commerce, fine arts and business management streams and place them in areas like infrastructure management services and application support and services after training, the Business Standard reported.
"Presently, they (non-science graduate recruits) are in small numbers but doing very well," said Saurabh Govil, global human resource head, Wipro.
"It's not that we are trying to force-fit engineers everywhere. We are trying to hire bright young people and grooming them for various roles after proper training," he said.
Wipro had started hiring science graduates instead of engineers many years back and by doing so, the company got multiple benefits. The main benefit is lower salary package and keeps their attrition levels under check.
Therefore, allowing non-science graduates to take tech jobs is deemed as another positive step "in this direction".
"In all likelihood, we will see a broad shift in skill sets. On the one hand, accelerating intelligent automation will make many back-office jobs obsolete. The jury is still out on whether this will lead to re-skilling, re-badging or redundancies," said Thomas Reiner, managing director for IT Outsourcing Research at HfS Research.
"On the other hand, the journey toward the as-a-service economy necessitates new skills, including design thinking, automation governance and highly specialised data analysis. In this new model, business skills will be as important as technical skills," he added.
Wipro currently has a tie-up with Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani to train science graduates to make them "industry-ready".