IT companies, targets to skill 4 million people in digital technologies by 2025. 

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The country’s largest IT services providers like Infosys, Accenture and TCS  are collaborating in curriculum space with more than 100 institutes, including IIITs , NITs and 30 other premium institutes across the country to offer a B.Tech programme in computer science and business systems.The main idea behind this collaboration is  to make Institutes curricula more industry specific and in line with the growing dominance of future technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

Infosys engaged with 564 faculty members who in turn trained 52,051 students in the last fiscal through its industry-academia partnership programme Campus Connect that helps engineering colleges run new programmes within their curricula. Sudhir Kumar Barai, dean, undergraduate studies, at IIT Kharagpur, said the academic community needs to design the curricula with at least 10-year forward vision.

Global technology company 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 Centres in India is helping shape the curriculum of several colleges in India.

TCS trains faculty on new technologies through its Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs). The company spent 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.

According to a report from Nasscom. : There are 4 million people working in the IT and ITES industry in the country, but out of them only 680,000 are skilled in digital technologies. Now, the industry body, together with IT companies, targets to skill 4 million people in digital technologies by 2025.

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