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Centre has allotted Rs. 6 crore for ICT Academy

State will play the role of enabler

CHENNAI: The IT Finishing School in Chennai will start functioning in a month, and the ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu in this quarter, Information Technology Secretary C. Chandramouli said on Thursday.

He was addressing the inaugural session of Nasscom HR Summit 2008.

Later talking to reporters, he said most of the companies started the training process only after recruitment. This resulted in cost overrun and delay in project implementation. To address this problem, the State government launched several initiatives in colleges and universities.

According to Mr. Chandramouli, the IT Finishing School would act as a pre-employment training centre to hone the skills of both engineering and non-engineering students to make them readily employable. Apart from 6-7 districts, the computer centres were ready. Each centre would have around 25 computers, and the students would be trained for three months. “Many companies have come forward to run these centres. We had three rounds of discussions with them and will start allotting them the districts soon,” he said.

As for the ICT Academy, he said it was an industry initiative. It was floated as a not-for-profit society. The Centre had allotted Rs. 6 crore for this project, and the companies would contribute an equal sum. The State would play the role of an enabler. The board would comprise a Vice-Chancellor, the Education Secretary, the IT Secretary, CEOs and IT professionals. Initially, it would focus on the development of curriculum for various technical disciplines and train faculty and students. A portal would be set up to offer students distance education.