Staff Reporter

It will serve as training centre for faculty of several colleges

  • Students to be taught soft skills, communication skills
  • NASSCOM to be involved in enhancing students' employabilty

    CHENNAI: The State Information and Technology Department is working closely with the industry to set up an `IT Academy', the blue print for which will be ready in a month.

    "We had several rounds of deliberation with industry majors and we are agreed on the basic elements. Once the blue print is ready, we can proceed quickly," Information Technology Secretary C. Chandramouli said here on Tuesday.

    The Academy would serve as a training centre for faculty of all government arts and science colleges in the State. They would be trained to impart soft skills and communication skills to students to enhance their employability.

    Speaking at a function organised by Scope International, he said the Department was focussing on bridging the gap between the academia and the industry. The setting up of language and computer labs in higher secondary schools was a step in the same direction, he said, adding that the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) would be involved in training students. Students would later be made to take the Nasscom Assessment of Competence (NAC) test.

    As part of Scope International's several campus initiatives, Peter Sands, group chief executive, Standard Chartered Group, launched a book on soft skills titled `InCorporate'. The book, organisers said, was a precursor to a series of books on enhancing employability.

    Sreeram Iyer, CEO, Scope International, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with heads of SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur, Stella Maris College and M.O.P. Vaishnav College, Chennai, for various projects.

    `We @ Scope', an exclusive portal for women students was also launched.