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New initiative: Rangachar Kasturi, 2008 president of IEEE Computer Society and Matt Loeb, Staff Executive, IEEE, U.S. addressing presspersons at the VIT University in Vellore on Monday.
New initiative: Rangachar Kasturi, 2008 president of IEEE Computer Society and Matt Loeb, Staff Executive, IEEE, U.S. addressing presspersons at the VIT University in Vellore on Monday.

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It has been launched by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

VELLORE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has launched a ‘Focus on India Initiative’ from this year to offer certification programmes for software professionals and students from India through the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS), at the instance of Louis Terman, president of IEEE, according to Rangachar Kasturi, 2008 president of the IEEE CS.

Talking to reporters on the VIT University campus here on Monday, Mr. Kasturi said that the special focus on India was because of the fact that India had the second largest membership of 25,000 in the IEEE, next to the U.S., which has two lakh members, among the 160 countries having a total of 3.75 lakh members in the institute. Currently, the IEEE CS was working with the VIT University to establish a Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) programme, a new certification programme created by the society for those entering the software development profession. It is a self-based programme whose duration is flexible depending on the ability of the students. The first academic programme of the IEEE CS in India is to be offered in the VIT. At the end of the programme, the students will have to take an examination, which is administered by Prometric.

The IEEE CS president said that CSDA took a broad view of software development and validates knowledge of the foundations of computer science, mathematics and engineering. It covers core software engineering principles, including software construction, software design, software testing, software requirements and software methods. The CSDA programme, which is meant mainly for the final year students of software engineering, bridges the gap between the knowledge and skills acquired by the students in the institution and the requirements of the companies when they go for jobs. At present, the software companies train the new recruits for a period ranging from one to two years. This training period would be considerable reduced for those who have passed the CSDA. In the global environment, the examination passed by the students undergoing the CSDA programme would be valid throughout the world, he said.

Mr. Kasturi said that the IEEE CS was already working with companies in India for offering the Computer Software Development Professional (CSDP) programme for software professionals who had been into the job for two to three years. The society is starting the CSDP programme in the Siemens on Tuesday.

Matt Loeb, Staff Executive, IEEE, New Jersey, U.S.A., said that the IEEE sets the standards for the various technologies as per the requirements of the industries. It has so far evolved 1,300 standards, in collaboration with companies through a consensus-based approach.

MoU to be signed

B.V.A. Rao, Director, International Relations, VIT University said that the VIT University and the IEEE CS would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding for offering the CSDA programme. M. Khalid, Dean, School of Computing Sciences (SCS), VIT said that it would be beneficial to the students if the certification programme was subsumed in the curriculum for M.S. Software Engineering. The programme would provide opportunities for the software engineering students to go for external evaluation. H.R. Vishwakarma, Head, Software Division, SCS said that though the CSDA programme was of immediate relevance to students of M.S. Software Engineering, it is open to other students as well.

Earlier, Mr. Kasturi and Mr. Loeb had discussions with the Chancellor G. Viswanathan on the modalities for introducing the CSDA programme in the VIT University. Mr. Kasturi gave a talk to the students on the ‘role of professional societies in shaping engineering careers.’ He released the report brought out in connection with the completion of 15 years of the SCS. Prof. Khalid received the first copy.

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