IBM sets up centres of excellence in 10 engg. colleges across Karnataka

IBM has established centres of excellence in 10 colleges across Karnataka, aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students.

The IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE) will extend a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on IBM software products – DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli – as well as help them develop world-class business solutions.

The list

The CoEs were launched at M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore; PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore; CMR Institute of Technology, Bangalore; Bapuji Institute of Technology, Davangere; Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore; B.V.B. College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli; Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Institute of Technology (NMAMIT), Nitte; Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore; PES School of Engineering, Bangalore; and National Institute of Engineering, Mysore.

The centres aim to promote high quality education by providing state-of the-art and emerging technologies in colleges with the objective of nurturing highly-skilled computer professionals.

Arrangement

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high-end systems while IBM will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

“Today's services-and-knowledge-based economy has altered the industry landscape, and it requires different skills and ways of learning. CoEs are an extension of IBM's commitment to nurture skills for the 21st century, driven by the services economy,” said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager (Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalisation), IBM (India-South Asia), while commenting on the launch of the programme in Karnataka.

“This collaboration has provided training and certification in several tools and technologies that would help our students stand apart in the huge horde of competitors. Additionally, it is equipping our faculty members with hands-on training on latest products, enabling them to include these features in their lectures and laboratory sessions in the colleges,” said Rachana Sharma, Head, Department of Computer Applications, CMR Institute of Technology.