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First copy: Jitendra Singh, Officer on Special Duty, Department of IT, releasing the self-study material for the ‘IT Talent Hunt’s’ assessment test in Mysore on Wednesday.
First copy: Jitendra Singh, Officer on Special Duty, Department of IT, releasing the self-study material for the ‘IT Talent Hunt’s’ assessment test in Mysore on Wednesday.

Staff Correspondent

It has sought details on the concept, says officer

MYSORE: The Centre has evinced interest in setting up Information Technology (IT) Finishing Schools in various States to overcome the shortage of trained manpower for the IT industry.

Speaking after the inauguration of “IT Talent Hunt 2008”, the first in the series of pre-qualification tests to assess the IT skills of students in colleges, Jitendra Singh, Officer on Special Duty, State Department of Information Technology, said the Centre had sought details on the concept of IT finishing schools set up in Karnataka so that the same could be replicated in other parts of the country.

Non-availability of quality manpower for the IT industry has been a source of concern for not just the IT industry, but also the Government for the past few years as mere 25 per cent of the newly passed out graduates are found “employable” in the IT industry.

He said there was a proposal to start similar finishing schools to help the biotechnology sector.

The first IT Finishing School in India was set up by Raman International Institute for Technology (RiiiT) in Mysore. The school, which has come up with accreditation of Mysore university, offers a 12-month postgraduate diploma in software programming aimed at producing graduates trained in soft skills and technical skills.

According to statistics, an estimated four lakh engineers pass out of various educational institutions in the country every year, apart from the thousands of other graduates. “Regrettably, a mere 25 per cent of the students are employable in the IT sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology on Wednesday launched a unique “IT Talent Hunt 2008” at Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology (VVIET) here on Wednesday.

The assessment test conducted as part of the “IT Talent Hunt” will help students assess their skills and abilities to chart out a successful career in the IT industry.

An initiative of the Department of IT and RiiiT, the “IT Talent Hunt” seeks to expose 10,000 students across the State to an assessment test. The results and names of students will be uploaded in the IT Department’s website, which can be accessed by IT companies looking for talented manpower. “This exercise gives clarity on educational institutions and their potential students to the companies,” RiiiT’s Managing Director Venkatesh said.

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