Dale Carnegie opens ‘finishing school’ for graduates in India


BANGALORE, India — Dale Carnegie Training, which has taught business skills to more than eight million professionals worldwide, said Monday it will open its first school in India to make graduates “employable.”

The New York-based company tied up with Walchand PeopleFirst to open the “finishing school” in Bangalore to smooth out the rough edges of engineers, MBAs and other graduates and equip them with “soft skills.”

“Technical proficiency and academic qualifications aren’t enough to get a job these days,” said Pallavi Jha, managing director of the Indian firm, which trains the employees of Indian companies.

“You need communication and inter-personal skills, the ability to work in a team, personality and self-confidence,” Jha said at a news conference.

Indian education does not cater to “workplace realities” although it churns out hundreds of thousands of graduates every year, she said.

The tie-up was announced on the same date that self-improvement guru and motivational writer Carnegie started the training company in 1912 that bears his name.

Carnegie was the author of the best seller “How to Win Friends and Influence People” first published in 1936. He died in 1955 at age 66.

A 30-acre campus is proposed to be built in three years at a cost of 700 million rupees (US$18 million) to house the finishing school, the first by the company to focus on fresh graduates, to move it from the current stop-gap facility, officials said.

India, whose economy is growing at a rate of nine percent a year and where companies are starved for job-ready graduates, has 50 million educated unemployed, said Raj Bowen, head of Dale Carnegie’s local unit.

Only 25 percent of its engineering graduates are employable, along with 23 percent of MBAs and 15 percent of general graduates, he said.

The National Association of Software and Service Companies, which groups technology companies, estimates that the IT industry faces a shortage of 500,000 skilled people in the next five years.