E-learning helps India Inc break geographical barriers in training

Mumbai, July 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2006, 06:03am hrs
Indian multinationals are increasingly adopting e-learning practices to train their workforce, globally. Apart from being highly interactive, these programmes help break geographical barriers to include a larger workforce, at a time when domestic companies are increasing their global footprint through acquisitions and partnerships.

The Aditya Birla Management Corporation Ltd is designing new programmes on e-learning and job valuation based on its core group values. Automotive major Mahindra & Mahindra is in the early stages of providing e-learning through a knowledge management network that spans China, USA, Middle East, South Africa, Australia, Latin America and Spain. Similarly, Videocon Industries Ltd is scouting for talent partners across Italy, China, Poland, the Middle East and India to head its upcoming 26 new training centres to provide e-learning training programmes to its 26,000 employees.

According to Santrupt Misra, director, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Ltd, "Over the last four years, we have increased the variety of programmes we offer.

The new e-learning training programme will allow employees across the globe to choose what they want to learn and where, according to their changing needs."

The e-learning programme at Mahindra & Mahindra will impart critical knowledge of the various business processes. Employees across various business, geographies and functions will be assigned jobs depending on their skills and competencies.

Preparing to take on world

Domestic companies are increasing their global footprint through acquisitions and partnerships
Aditya Birla Management is designing new programmes on e-learning and job valuation
based on its core group values
M&M is in early stages of providing e-learning through a knowledge management network that spans China, USA, Middle East, South Africa

Rajeev Dubey, president, HR and corporate services, and member of the Group Management Board, M& M, said, "Employees are often considered for assignments and positions abroad. The process will enable HR to identify the best global positions for employees by conducting live programmes, rather than through the classrooms."

M&M derives new HR initiatives from its Talent Management Process (TMP) cell that consists of a network of business and functional councils that studies long term strategic plans of any business. Global talent partners at Videocon will help train the company's staff on in-house sales, marketing, distribution and after-sales-service.