Liqwid Krystal, provider of e-learning solutions, and Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) have announced that gyanX, an online learning platform for employable skills, will be made available to all students of VTU with immediate effect. Students from across 128 colleges affiliated to VTU can register themselves.On gyanX.com, they can obtain access to select IT and soft skills courses, books and other content. The course basket has been designed to supplement the engineering curriculum and will cover gaps identified by industry leaders and NASSCOM.The VTU Vice-Chancellor, K. Balaveera Reddy, attested the need to supplement the curriculum with suitable soft and IT skills. "Our idea behind this effort is to introduce an online learning platform to harness the power of the internet as a learning delivery medium and thereby make our students much more employable and jobworthy.""A student across any of the colleges affiliated to VTU can log on and learn collaboratively. This way he/she is not restricted to the four walls of the classroom, textbook and or even the college campus," he added.

Bridging a gap

Anand Adkoli, Chief Executive Officer of Liqwid Krystal, said "A NASSCOM-McKinsey report says that only 25 per cent from the total pool of Indian engineers are actually employable. So, while India is in the midst of an unprecedented growth spurt, and the GDP growing at a healthy rate of seven per cent, we can certainly do better. "In the next couple of decades, it is predicted that several thousands of jobs will come to India. I believe that gyanX will help cover the gap. It connects learning to skills that employers value most in a entry-level employee." The VTU Registrar, M.S. Shivakumar, said that VTU is the first university in India that will use online learning to go beyond the curriculum.