The premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are regularly revisiting their course curricula with periodic inputs from industry. This is essential to eliminate industrial dichotomy and merge best practices in the industry in the curriculum. While leading software and IT services companies such as Infosys, Accenture and TCS are working with universities and engineering colleges across the country we are also helping students in tandem to gear up for modern job requirements by tweaking their curricula and training faculty on newer technologies. This is essential to help them be equipped for a better future and we are eager to partner with institutions on this endeavor. The companies are partnering with leading institutions such as National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) to make their curricula more industry friendly. The onus is on being specific in line with the growing dominance of future technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics, industry and academic insiders to equip them for the future. Even premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are regularly revisiting their course curricula with inputs from industry as India, with more than 65% of its human resource pool being below 35 years and about 12 million individuals expected to join the workforce annually, is sitting at the cusp of expansion of an enormous responsibility of equipping the youth with skills that matter, and in turn boost employment across all levels.
The country’s largest IT services providers are in fact collaborating in curriculum space with more than 100 institutes, including IIITs and NITs. It is also collaborating with 30 premium institutes across the country to offer integrated BTech programmes in computer science and business systems to make them skill ready for the future.
On this line we have also launched our “Pay as you Train” module for students to skill themselves smarter and better for the future and then pay once they get placed.
While a notable fact is that TCS train’s faculty on new technologies through its Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs). The company spends more than 750 hours in conducting over 300 FDPs in the last fiscal, training around 10,000 faculty members on various trending topics including internet of things (IoT), machine learning, image processing, cyber security, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data analytics and business intelligence, block chain, digital twin, and agile methodology where we have extensive experience as a skilling and consulting partner. Also AMD has a dedicated team of engineers who work with regional and national level engineering colleges to build a very large and niche scale integration (VLSI) curriculum that is industry aligned. One such partnership is with the Department of Information Technology, NITK, Surathkal wherein the team attends their curriculum workshops and provides guidance for both BTech and MTech courses at the institute. The idea is to introduce newer technologies which are beneficial for the students. The core objective being focused technologies in mind for better output in the future.
These are areas where the industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled manpower. There are 4 million people working in the IT and ITES industry in the country alone, but out of them only 680,000 are skilled in digital technologies, according to data from Nasscom. Now, the industry body, together with IT companies, targets to skill 4 million people in digital technologies by 2025 and we are all poised for growth to cater them better in this move as a skilling partner. Making the courses industry relevant and rich in new technologies is one of the core areas for NASSCOM, as it is not only the companies that are active on reinventing the curriculum but even the institutes as contextuality and championing of communications is very essential as It is not only the companies that are active on reinventing the curriculum but even the institutes themselves.
This year, Nasscom is working on broadly four themes on course reinventions at institutes
- Strengthen Fundamentals taught at Colleges on New Technologies
- Train faculty on OR for Future Technologies,
- Introduce at least One Skill in the Curriculum that would ensure Employability and
- Tighter industry-academia collaborations.
While Global technology companies like Accenture has established Accenture Learning Symposium (ALS) in India to collaborate with educational institutions and provide faculty and students with a better understanding of the marketplace and the industry’s expectations of skills and capabilities. As part of the ALS, the learning and knowledge management team of Accenture Advanced Technology Centers in India is helping shape the curriculum of several colleges in India and we are keen to partner with them in this front as per the ad-hoc demand. As they just launched their pre-onboard learning programme in February this year, to equip campus hires with relevant skills and industry exposure to be job-ready and has plans to undertake several programmes to collaborate with engineering colleges in India.
Lastly Infosys the Old School but New Offering in anvil veteran engaged with almost 564 faculty members who in turn trained 52,051 students in the last fiscal through its industry-academia partnership programme Campus Connect is helping engineering colleges run new programmes within their curriculum and we support them in this endeavor as a solutions and skills ready partner for IBM. We are sure heading to an interesting growth and skilling phase for 2020 and beyond. Join Hands with us today!!