Infopark has set the stage for state-level cooperation between leaders of IT industry and academic institutions to impart employability skills to students and make them industry-ready before entering the job market. The ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK), a not-for-profit company supported by the Government of India, launched the second edition of the ICT Academy’s “Back2Campus” programme at the Infopark campus here on October 28th 2014.
The mandate of the programme, which offers information and communication technology training modules to both students and faculty, is to increase interaction between academia, industry and the government for the benefit of both students and companies.Launching the programme, ICTAK Chairman and Infosys former CEO Mr S D Shibulal said “students in Kerala are bright in terms of academic skill. But often they lag behind when it comes to industry-specific skills.” He said that the participation of business leaders was crucial in making this unique initiative a success. He also highlighted the importance of constant interaction between the industry and the academia to ensure that the topics taught in the colleges were relevant to the industry.
“ICT Academy is an institution that makes an individual ready for job and ensures that they contribute to their organisation’s productivity from day one” said Mr Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICTAK. The ICT Academy operates under public-private-partnership model, with the state government having a 26 percent stake and private players 74 percent. The Academy currently has partnerships with TCS, Infosys, IBS, NeST, UST Global and Nasscom to impart industry-specific training to students and faculties across 14 colleges in the state. “Technology keeps evolving and companies are having tough time finding skilled people who are up-to-date with the latest advancements,” Infopark Chief Executive Officer Hrishikesh Nair said in his presidential address. Infopark is extremely happy to welcome such an initiative that could be beneficial to both students and companies.”Mr Brijesh George John, President, Consortium of Technical Institutions for Placement Services (CTIPS) and Ms Sujatha Madhav, Director, iGovernment Solutions, Oracle India also spoke on the occasion.