Equipping students with the required skills before they attend placement interviews is a trend that is gaining importance. Some colleges have introduced the concept of finishing schools, while in other cases the students on their own initiative attend coaching classes to improve their communication and other skills.
Microsoft India has come up with idea of providing certifications on completion of certain tests offered by it to students at their college premises, by use of a van, to enable them get equipped to enter the field of information technology. Though the certification system started a few years ago, it has been on offer only at the authorised Prometric Test Centres where students have to go to take the on-line tests at a cost.
The mobile certification process (Certs on Wheels) took off on October 26 in Bangalore and came to Coimbatore on Thursday.
The certification van was stationed at Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Maha Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science on the same day, from where it will move on to PPG Institute of Technology on Friday and Kathir College of Engineering, all in Coimbatore, on November 13. After a break on Sunday the van will again be positioned at Jayendra College.
It consists of nine seats with as many terminals to enable students take the tests inside the van. There are nearly 60 objective-type questions that the candidates have to answer. Out of the total 1,000 marks, students have to score 700 to clear the test.
According to Munavar Sharieff, Campaign Manager, Everonn Education Limited, the effort was to create awareness among students about global certification. “Information Technology (IT) sector is keener to take candidates with such certification because it is easy for companies to place them for projects directly without them having to undergo the training period.” S. Saravana Kumar, Placement Officer of the college, said the institution had called for the mobile van to enable their students make use of the facility.
“Second and third year students from any discipline who are interested in taking up a job in the IT sector can take the tests. The tests are offered in various operating systems.”
Students who took a single test got the certification called “Microsoft Certified Professional” and those who took four tests received the certification called “Microsoft Certified System Administrator.”
The validity of the certificate was for two years.
Students who had to brush up their knowledge on any of the platforms or operating systems were also provided with study material a few days prior to the test.
Faculty and students, especially those from the IT stream, felt this was a facility that could be utilised without having to take the trouble of going to a centre. With companies becoming stringent in the process of recruitment, students are going the value-addition way to equip themselves to become industry-ready even at the time of campus placements.