M. Soundariya Preetha

COIMBATORE: Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has started a finishing school in Chennai as a pilot project, according C.V.D. Ramprasad, Director of STPI Chennai.

He told The Hindu here on Friday that depending on its performance, similar schools would be started across the country with specific areas of focus. The one at Chennai would focus on embedded systems.

The economic slowdown was a global phenomenon and at this juncture it was important to be cost-effective. Countries such as China and Philippines were emerging as competitors and hence, India should focus on quality. The finishing schools would aim at providing skilled workforce to the IT sector.

He said that Coimbatore currently had a meagre share in the State’s IT exports. The STPI aimed at increasing this to 10 per cent to 15 per cent in another four to five years. Issues such as infrastructure should be taken care of for this, he said.