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Goodbye IT, colleges say hello to industry-ready courses

Last updated on: June 06, 2017 10:52 IST

With coding no more the only major skill required by IT firms, middle-rung engineering colleges are exploring areas such as business intelligence, data analytics, automation, and machine learning.
Vinay Umarji reports.

Colleges say hello to new industry ready courses

IMAGE*: Engineering colleges are inviting firms like Infosys and TCS to conduct training at their campuses even as they look to minimise the impact during the placement season.
Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Middle-rung engineering institutes are exploring ways to teach their students latest technical skills ahead of placements this year amid reports of layoffs in the information technology industry.

From roping in agencies to collaborating with companies, especially IT firms, these engineering colleges are looking to make their students 'industry-ready.'

With coding no more the only major skill required by IT firms, middle-rung engineering colleges are exploring areas such as business intelligence, data analytics, automation, and machine learning.

For instance, the Coimbatore-based PSG College of Technology has invited IT firms and external agencies to conduct training in the form of one or two credit classes.

Representatives of companies like Cisco Systems and McKinsey have been roped in by PSG College for giving training.

"While we have 38 companies registered for the upcoming placement season, there is a forecast that advanced skills will be required," said an institute source at PSG College of Technology.

"We are looking at mixing recruiters from software companies with those from product companies," the source added.

"We have also roped in external agencies and recruiters for conducting one or two credit classes on data analytics and machine learning, among others."

Dharwad-based SDM College of Engineering & Technology has turned to electives ahead of the placement season.

While roughly 400 students in a batch of 600 participate in placements with over 50 firms visiting the campus, the institute is leaving no chances to ensure that skilled jobs were available.

"We have signed MoUs with leading IT and non-IT resources recruiters who suggested industry-relevant courses to us. These courses are now integrated with our academics as electives," said Ravindra Dastikop, training and placement officer, SDM College of Engineering & Technology.

"The courses look to upskill students in business intelligence, analytics, and automation," Dastikop added.

"The need is such that increasingly even mechanical engineering jobs require significant automation skills."

According to recruitment experts and engineering institutes, while top campuses like the Indian Institutes of Technology may not see much impact, the lower-rung campuses may see a decline in recruitment.

The impact may be on the number of offers as well as compensation packages.

The average salary packages offered at lower-rung engineering colleges tend be to Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh while those in top engineering colleges, including the IITs and National Institutes of Technology, are on the upper side of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 18 lakh.

"It is the middle- and lower-rung engineering colleges that have to catch up. Some of them have begun launching electives since we are getting requests for such training," said Kris Lakshmikanth, chairman and managing director, The Head Hunters India.

Institutes such as the Pondicherry Engineering College have reached out to marquee firms like Infosys and TCS to conduct such training at their campuses even as they look to minimise the impact during the placement season.

"We have collaborated with some of the top IT firms for training our students in the latest skills," said an institute source.

The IITs are unperturbed.

"The situation does not affect IITs like us who see most of our students being recruited at significantly higher positions. Moreover, through various activities and curricula, our students have been graduating fully skilled," said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras.

*Lead image posted only for representational purposes.

Vinay Umarji
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