Minister for IT and Communications Ponnala Lakshmaiah has said that the State produces around 30 per cent of engineering students passing out every year in India and such a huge number needs industry-oriented training to become employable.

To achieve this, he said more programmes should be launched with the industry association and enough focus should be on training the trainers.

He was sharing his views at the MoU signing ceremony between A.P Society for Knowledge Networks and Autodesk Inc, a prominent player in 3D Design, Engineering, and Entertainment software.

He said the government was keen on taking all efforts to bridge the gap amongst government, educational institutions, and the industry. Ajay Mishra, Principal Secretary, IT and Communications, said the MoU was an important milestone in building industry grade skills in all Jawahar Knowledge Centre (JKC) students. Amarnath Reddy Atmakuri, CEO, A.P. Society for Knowledge Networks, said JKC students were fortunate to get software training and certification programmes from Autodesk. It is being made available free of cost to all the JKC students.

Vincent Chong, Head, Training and Certification, Autodesk Asia Pacific, and others spoke.