October 6, 2008
| Express Computer
NSR as an initiative has come as a boon for the IT and BPO industry, which is not only helping in the recruitment process, but also making the job of HR much easier, writes Nivedan Prakash
The Indian IT and BPO industry is one of India’s outstanding successes. It provides direct employment to over 2 million people. In the past 10 years, the information technology industry’s share of the national GDP has grown from 1.2% to 5.5%.
Given the unprecedented growth that this industry has been seeing, the challenges that have emerged are equally unique. Today, issues such as governance, physical security, business continuity, logical security, safeguarding IP, software change management and personnel security are becoming increasingly important for both customers and service providers. These issues, if not properly handled, could derail the growth and hopes of the IT industry.
The Indian IT and BPO companies need to continuously raise the standards for the safety of the employees and the clients. These issues are being taken extremely seriously and Nasscom, which is working closely with the industry, and has taken a number of pro-active steps.
One of these initiatives is the National Skills Registry (NSR), which is a global first of its kind. This is a part of Nasscom’s ‘Trusted Sourcing Initiative’. The NSR comprises a centralized database of all employees of the IT services and BPO companies in India. Launched in January 2006, this database contains independently verified objective information about employees in this sector. The information contained constitutes personal details—name, nationality, and DoB amongst others; address details— present, permanent; educational qualifications—school, college, etc.; and employment history—from/to, company, and role amongst others. The record of an employee is uniquely identified with biometrics data of the employee comprising their photo and fingerprints.
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