Dale Carnegie opens “finishing school” for graduates in India

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BANGALORE, India, Oct 23, 2007 (AFP) – 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.

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