Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in association with Synopsis Electronics Education and Research (SEER) Akademi is launching a Masters programme in Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) and Embedded Systems from this academic year.

The MS courses in VLSI and embedded systems will help meet the escalating demand for skilled electronic engineers in the semiconductor industry.

Rough estimates suggest that at present India has 2.8 lakh VLSI engineers and in another five years the number would likely to go up to 7.8 lakh.

Addressing media persons here on Wednesday, Director, School of Information Technology, JNTU, Dr. K. Lal Kishore said that such an initiative will help engineering graduates interact with the best faculty available in VLSI. “Our students will get directly trained by the engineers of Synopsis Inc. The concept is based on virtual university and we are trying to introduce the course from this academic year,” he said.

Advanced degree

Estimates suggest that 70 per cent of the VLSI engineers do not have an advanced degree. Due to this very reason, many lose jobs during downturn, some do not rise-up the corporate ladder and there is no parity between wages and education,” said Chairman and CEO of Seer Akademi, Jadcherla Srikanth.

Vice-president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances, Synopsis Inc, Dr. Rich Goldman said that such courses will provide students with hands-on experience and enables graduates to quickly join the fast changing semiconductor industry.

“We have started similar courses in countries like Armenia and China. The courses have been immensely successful and helped graduates join the industry with confidence,” he said.

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