Consultancy Ind sees need for umbrella association

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New Delhi, Oct 20: The country's Consultancy Industry, which came together at a National conference held by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday, Oct 20, seemed to collectively express a need for an umbrella association which would deal with issues of concern along with helping the industry meet the emerging challenges.

Speaking at the conference 'Consulting Services: Contributing Towards Building the Nation', Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission said that the industry must focus on building competencies and capabilities along with meeting high standards on quality if it wants to add value to projects.

In his keynote speech, Mr Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback Ventures spoke on the issues like manpower supply crunch. He went on to substantiate that this would a big hurdle for the industry quoting from the World Bank study for roads sector, which states that the manpower supply crunch would be 18 to 28 per cent in consultancy industry with medium growth scenario and this gap would increase to 55 to 64 per cent with high growth scenario.

Further, he said that skill building in industry can be achieved by training middle management professionals, greater involvement in policy development, creation of a model selection process, clear policy for disinvestment in PSU consultancies and self governance in consultancy industry through credible consultants association.

While Mr. Brahm Dutt, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, said that the consulting industry has to play an important role in both planning and execution of infrastructure projects successfully; Professor S S Chakraborty, Chairman & Managing Director, Consulting Engineering Services said that consultants are making the country go forward and Government must believe in consultants and should give opportunities and support to them.

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