Youth can be digitally empowered by providing them with value education in a digital environment, says Laxmikant Kathare, CIO at Improsys

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Youth can be digitally empowered by providing them with value education in a digital environment, says Laxmikant Kathare, CIO at Improsys
Youth can be digitally empowered by providing them with value education in a digital environment, says Laxmikant Kathare, CIO at Improsys

Youth must focus on building intellectual properties in a digital environment

This is an exclusive interview conducted by the Editor Team of CIO News with Laxmikant Kathare, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Improsys

What is digital literacy, and why does it matter?

Digital literacy in 2022 in India is about:

  • Knowledge of opportunities and threats on account of digital platforms.
  • Ability to adopt changes in lifestyle and culture on account of new digital platforms.
  • Understanding a person’s and society’s physiological, economic, social, and political consequences.
  • Impact of using digital infrastructure on the privacy of individuals and groups of people.

As an IT leader, what are your views on digitally upskilling the youth in the post-COVID era?

In the post-COVID era, nearly all of the younger generation populations have basic digital skills. They need to be made aware of the impact on their basic lives on account of the penetration of digital infrastructure in their lives. They need to be made aware that the disruptive wave of automation needs them to shift focus toward value-added work, which requires different technological and human skillsets that cannot be replaced by robots.

How can the youth be digitally empowered? What kind of exposure and engagement opportunities in the educational curriculum can educational institutes implement to raise the interest of youths in upgrading their digital skills?

Youth can be digitally empowered by providing them with value education in a digital environment. Along with technological trends, their energy needs to be directed towards solving society’s problems by adopting new technology trends. More exposure to the latest applications of advancements in technology should be given to them by arranging industry visits where technology solutions are in practice. Youth should be involved in solving basic problems at home and in their surroundings by using technological solutions beginning in elementary school. Such assignments should be given due weight. More industry participation in knowledge transfer to youths in educational institutes should be encouraged by providing incentives to industry for such participation.

Should it become a must for schools, colleges, and other educational institutes to conduct workshops or crash-course programmes to drive home the importance of technology for businesses?

Yes. It should become a must to conduct such workshops with the involvement of industry.

As an IT leader, what advice would you give to the youth considering a career in the technology industry? What should they know about the industry before starting their career? What challenges they could face in and how do they overcome the challenges?

Jobs are getting outdated and obsolete in the IT industry. Youth must focus on building intellectual properties in a digital environment rather than focusing on getting attractive salary jobs. Today’s attractive salary jobs will not exist in the future. While starting their career, they should know how the job is going to upskill him to develop intellectual capital in the technology segment, which could give him income in the long run. The major challenge to be faced in the future is sustainability. The youth must focus on the sustainable development of their career, which requires creativity, adaptability, problem-solving abilities, and other human skillsets to meet the ever-changing future needs of the technology revolution.

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