Giving Compass' Take:

Ravi Kumar helped the Infosys Foundation shift its agenda toward STEM learning by providing digital training and equipment to liberal arts schools.

If more foundations and tech companies help drive progress in STEM, what will the future workforce look like? Will more donors make STEM learning and a priority?

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After a degree in chemical engineering, Ravi Kumar’s first job was working on power sector reforms as a nuclear scientist in Orissa, India. After a master’s in finance at Xavier (in eastern India), Kumar worked in consulting and technology. After selling CRM solutions across southeast Asia, Kumar joined Infosys in Hyderabad (in southern India) in 2002 as a senior vice-president.

Now president and chief delivery officer, Ravi Kumar is leading a giant talent development agenda that includes hiring and training 10,000 Americans.

Infosys is hiring beyond traditional STEM fields and recruiting at design schools and liberal arts colleges. “We have embraced liberal arts as part of digital workforce,” said Kumar.

On the Future of Work. “AI and automation will take jobs of the past but create jobs of the future,” explained Kumar. “The challenge is that societies, governments, academia, corporations, and schools have to come together to create more jobs of the future,” said Kumar.

Growing Talent in America. InStep, the Infosys internships program, in its 20th year, is regarded by some as the best. Around 140 students come from 35 countries but predominantly the US. The paid internship engages young people in cutting edge projects.

On Talent Development. The pace of change means lifelong learning is a key value proposition. Kumar says Infosys tests for it in hiring, they call it learnability.

Helping Teachers. “My passion is talent development, the future of work, and preparing teachers for a digital world,” said Kumar. “The biggest gap today,” said Kumar, “is teachers are under-equipped for the future because there is no one telling them how to equip themselves.”

Kumar shifted the focus of the Infosys Foundation to Computer Science. To date, almost five million students in 21,000 schools across America have benefited from training and equipment funded by the foundation.

Read the full article about tech giant is advancing STEM by Tom Vander Ark at Getting Smart