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‘An effort to develop faculty’

A venture under public-private partnership model

It endeavours to train higher education teachers in Information and Communication Technology

Coimbatore: The faculty training programme helps update the knowledge of the faculty members with the current technologies and practices present in the IT industries, Vice-Chancellor – Officiate of Anna University, Coimbatore, T.Kannadasan, said here recently.

Inaugurating the first course launch of the ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, he said that programmes of this kind would be leveraged inside the academic campus to ensure continuous learning activities.

According to an official release, the Academy is a Consortium of Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It is the pioneering venture under the public-private partnership model that endeavours to train the higher education teachers of Tamil Nadu in the areas of Information and Communication Technology in order to help their students to be industry-ready.

The ICTACT is led by a governing body chaired by Lakshmi Narayanan of CTS with members drawn from industry leaders including K. Jayaramakrishnan of TCS, Sameer Garde of Dell, M. Raghunandan of Redington, Gopal Srinivasan of TVS Capital Ltd., C.K. Ranganathan, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu Chapter and PWC Davidar, Secretary of IT, Tamil Nadu.

In the current scenario, the issue faced by both industry and institutions is addressing the gap between what the students imbibe from the University curriculum and what industry recruiters expect from fresh graduates in terms of hard and soft skills. The ICT Academy seeks to bridge these gaps through structured training programmes addressing teachers of Engineering, Arts & Science, Polytechnic Colleges and ITIs. ICTACT will train around 5,000 faculty members across Tamil Nadu in three years. This programme is expected to benefit over 2.5 lakh students.

ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu started its first training programme for the faculty members of Anna University, Coimbatore, recently. Faculty members from various affiliated colleges of Anna University, Coimbatore, attended the programme.

S.Palaniswami, Registrar, Anna University, Coimbatore, observed that this Faculty Training Programme was not just a training programme but also an effort to develop the faculty. The core objective of this programme is to expose the faculty members to the gap between the demand and supply in IT industry. This programme stays as a bridge for exclusive training of J2EE and its best practices.

Since this training event begins with the basics of core Java and J2EE, the contents of this programme will support the faculty members in their teaching field and also the learning field. The whole course content combines the basics, introduction, struts, swings, and practices in Java, SQL, Testing and Software Configuration Management and as a whole “is a complete package of J2EE learning environment”.

On the occasion, B.Anbuthambi, DGM of ICTACT, said, “ICTACT has so far conducted this training programme in J2EE and Best Practices in application development in association with TCS and Cognizant to nearly 300 faculty members and has started the first batch of .NET programme in association with Microsoft for nearly 60 faculty members across Tamil Nadu. ICTACT will train 5,000 teachers in the next 3 years thereby benefiting 2.5 lakh students.”

Anna University, Coimbatore, would be the nodal centre for ICTACT to train the higher education teachers of Anna University, Coimbatore, and its affiliated colleges in the areas of Information and Communication Technology. ICTACT would also collaborate with Anna University, Coimbatore, for research and development activities.