MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
With several of the interventions launched by the current government, our country for the first time ever, is sitting on the verge of moving from an emerging economy to a developed economy. Every major corporate action in India is about change, be it business process transformation or mergers and acquisitions, rebranding, high growth or geographical expansion, and the role which training and development professionals play in this mega transformation holds key to the success of this mission. The business of learning is becoming very specialized in a country where the competence gap is very high between what businesses expect and what’s available, not just at the entry level but at all levels.
Among the most important roles and responsibilities of a learning & development professional is his ability to understand current capabilities not just in terms of employee skills, but also in terms of knowledge, behavior, leadership and building employability for the future.
The role in India is assuming greater significance because the potential that India has for skill development is what is bringing the learning industry to the fore. This is the obvious outcome of India being looked upon by the rest of the world as a place where knowledge grows. The programs such as “make in India” and “skill India” offer tremendous avenues for the training and development professionals to contribute immensely to the cause of the nation by providing immense employment opportunities to a large section of the young population.
With the extended focus on on-the-job learning, there is an ever increasing demand on the training and development professionals to provide managers and employees with the necessary tools to embed recommendations for on-the-job learning into existing processes and activities and thereby play the role of an architect to devise on-the-job learning methodologies to enhance the learning capabilities of employees – effectively teaching them how to learn.
While welcoming all those who are keen to pursue the Diploma in Training and Development program offered by ISTD, I am sure that a Distance Education program devised to attract professionals to help develop themselves into well rounded training professionals will go a long way in achieving this objective.
I wish all of you a great learning experience.
Naresh Kumar Pinisetti
Chairman, ISTD Diploma Board