Engineering grads to get skilled in IT

Infosys Foundation has recently launched a programme to enhance employability of engineering graduates. Gauri Rane reports.

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IT giant Infosys recently launched the Spark-IT programme to help engineering graduates enhance their skills. The intensive three month programme aims at enhancing both technical and communication skills of graduates waiting to enter the IT and ITES industries.

“Many engineering graduates today find it difficult to get meaningful employment due to inadequate skills. To address this challenge, we launched the Spark-IT programme to equip the fresher with skills to meet the needs of the IT industry,” says Srikantan Moorthy, group head, human resources, Infosys Leadership Institute.

The duration of the course may seem short but those conducting it aspire to bridge the gap between college education and requirements of the IT industry. The course is expected to help deserving and meritorious graduates who are at disadvantage due to their educational, financial, and societal realities.

To be conducted at the Infosys campus in Mysore, Mangalore and Chennai, the programme will cover the basics of IT and help industry aspirants build a strong understanding of concepts. Some of the courses covered in the programme will include data structures, Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) concepts, algorithms, object-oriented concepts, programming, etc. Additionally, soft-skills training will be provided to improve communication and interaction skills of graduates.

“The course is designed to help students learn in a world- class environment,” explains Moorthy.

Applications to this programme are open for only fresh graduates. Engineering graduates who have graduated in the year of 2014 belonging to computer science, computer technology, computer engineering, information technology, information science, information and communication technology,

Electronics and Communication (ECE), Electrical and Electronics (EEE), Electronics and Instrumentation (E&I) and electronics are eligible. “This is the first batch of the programme where we plan to train 1,800 graduates spread over 11 batches, at the various Infosys campuses,” informs Moorthy.

Once signed up for the programme, candidates will become employable, but that does not mean that Infosys or any of its foundations will promise employment. “The programme enhances employability but we do not guarantee employment at Infosys, we also don't at present have plans to provide them with placement assistance,” says Moorthy adding that this is a skill development initiative which hopes to infuse candidates with confidence to seek opportunities in the industry.




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