In order to bridge the academia-industry skill gap, Punjab Infotech and Department of Higher Education Punjab joined hands with Infosys BPO, and launched a 'Train the Trainers' programme. The first batch of 48 lecturerrs from 25 colleges completed the 10-days module, to go back to their respective colleges and each one to impart necessary skills to the students to make them employable. -- Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education Minister, Punjab, complimented Infosys and Punjab Infotech for supporting the initiative of the Department of Higher Education and training 48 lecturers of 25 colleges of Punjab under their Project 'Genesis'. She hoped that Infosys would further help in providing placement opportunities to such skilled youth of Punjab in the ITeS industry.
Punjab Infotech had facilitated the initiative of 'Train the Trainer' programme between the Punjab's Department of Higher Education and Infosys BPO to equip the teaching fraternity in tier II and tier III towns so that they can further train their students in specific skills required in the ITeS industry, Mr. Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, Punjab Infotech said.
Mr. M.P. Singh Sandhu, Principal Secretary Higher Education spoke about various initiatives that the Punjab Government is taking to upgrade the employability of the students. He expressed satisfaction at the fact that over 2400 students have already enrolled for the NAC (National Aptitude Test by NASSCOM) which is to be held next month, which would help the youth of Punjab to be ready for the knowledge industry.
Speaking on the occasion Infosys centre head, Vikas Ahuja said that this is the seventh such state level initiative that the company has taken to empower the youth in small towns and bridge the skill gap between academia and the industry.
He said that IT/BPO Industry is one of the largest employers in the country, it gives direct employment to 2.2 million people and by the year 2020 it will give employment to 10 million people , but the critical issue is of low employability.
The lecturers from different colleges of Punjab expressed deep appreciation for dispelling many myths about the BPO industry.
Dr Gurdarhsan Brar from Government College, Bhatinda, said that the exposure to the programme has helped them better understand the industry's expectations from students.
Ms Tripti Sharma from Mahendra College, Patiala was inspired by the professionalism and exposure to the corporate culture they got during the 10 days training at Infosys which better equips them to explain it to the students.
Ms Jaskiran from Khalsa College, Patiala remarked that she finds herself better equipped to effectively train our students and empower them with requisite skills to be industry-ready.
Source: Press release distribution via India PRwire
Notes to Editor
Punjab Infotech was incorporated in 1976 as the nodal agency of the government of Punjab for the promotion of IT industry in the State. Punjab Infotech (an ISO 9001-2008 certified state government undertaking), are actively engaged in promoting the state as one of the most favoured investor friendly IT/knowledge industry destination. To this end, the corporation has already initiated number of concrete measure aimed at creating a favorable ecosystem for investments by bringing the key concern areas above par in the country.
As an enabler organisation, Punjab Infotech had been facilitating numerous initiatives to strengthen the academia-industry relationship as well as provide a supportive one-window system for the investors to explore the opportunities available in Punjab, which boasts of highly educated and skilled workforce, excellent infrastructure, numerous incentives for the IT industry.
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