STUDENTS INTERESTED in learning animation and gaming now have a new choice.Spheretech Solutions, Chennai, has launched Edusphere for training individuals in these two emerging fields — in the form of diploma in Games Programming and Diploma in Animation.Edusphere will train students in back-end programming language, game and design development, gaming engines, gaming data structure and architecture after an introduction to the basic concepts of designing.The centres will have modern facilities and courseware, including anytime access to laboratories. According to Fredrick Basker, managing director, Edusphere, the centre will also provide internships with development companies and seminars and workshops with experts in the field. They also have tie-ups with companies for placement. "The gaming industry is expected to hit the $10 billion mark by 2010. We will seek to fill the gap in the demand and supply for manpower in these areas through innovative courses that address the job market."He said the diploma in animation programme will run three and a half months and cost about Rs. 37,000, while the diploma in games programme, a five-month course, will cost Rs. 43,000. New batches start later this month. For details, call Edusphere at 55611810 or 28150730/31.