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CLARIFYING DOUBTS: S. Ramadorai, CEO, TCS (left), and M.S.Swaminathan, Chairman, MSSRF (second from left), interacting with students of Ignite, a programme offered by the TCS, in Chennai on Wednesday.
CLARIFYING DOUBTS: S. Ramadorai, CEO, TCS (left), and M.S.Swaminathan, Chairman, MSSRF (second from left), interacting with students of Ignite, a programme offered by the TCS, in Chennai on Wednesday.

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Pedagogic models should move away from being teacher-centric: Swaminathan

CHENNAI: Bridging the digital divide will help to tide over the gender divide too as technological innovations will take literacy to the underprivileged sections, agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan said on Wednesday.

The country needed a paradigm shift in delivering education, as pedagogic models should move away from being just teacher-centric, he said, addressing the first batch of graduating students of Ignite, the science-to-software learning programme, offered by Tata Consultancy Services. The programme has been designed to help mathematics and science graduates obtain necessary skills for the IT marketplace.

Learner-oriented model

Universities should adopt the learner-oriented model developed by Ignite as the country needed an atmosphere of innovation, Dr. Swaminathan said.

Ignite had been necessitated by the need to break the myth that an engineering background was a perquisite for an career in IT and to induct non-engineering students into the TCS workforce, S. Ramadorai, CEO and managing director, TCS, said.

The first batch comprised 500 trainees, and TCS planned to scale up the number to 2,000 in the coming year. The present batch had students from nine States and over 60 per cent were women. Some of them had come from the North East, which was not known to be a talent-hunt destination for IT companies.

The candidates were recruited after a rigorous selection process, and many were from Tier III cities and villages.

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