PSG Tech, Cognizant sign pact for training & research

JOINT EFFORT: The president and CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, Lakshmi Narayanan, (second right), exchanging documents with the Managing Trustee of PSG and Sons Charities, G. Rangaswamy (second left) after signing an MoU for training and rese arch at the PSG College of Technology in the city on Thursday. Looking on are the Chief Executive of PSG Institutions, C. R. Swaminathan (left) and the Director, Research and Education, Cognizant, Vaidya V. Nathan (right). - Photo: K. Ananthan  

Staff Reporter

Coimbatore : Representatives of the PSG College of Technology and Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding here on Thursday for training students hired by Cognizant and collaborating with the college in research activities.

G. Rangaswamy, Managing Trustee, PSG and Sons Charities signed on behalf of the college and Lakshmi Narayanan, president and Chief Executive Officer, represented the software company.

Mr. Narayanan told presspersons that an Institute for Advanced Studies would come into existence under the agreement.

C. R. Swaminathan, Chief Executive, PSG Institutions, said that the college was happy to be associated with the software company and emerge as strong in information technology as in manufacturing.

Stating that the agreement with PSG Tech was the first one of its kind for Cognizant in the areas of research and development, Mr. Narayanan said that the aim was to enable students to be creative and come up with innovative ideas.

The success of the venture would be judged on the basis of the outcome and the way in which the students were able to innovate in three to five years from now.

R. Ramkumar, Director, Corporate Marketing and Communications, Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., said that personnel hired by the company usually went through eight to ten weeks of training, then assisted in project work for several weeks before moving on to their own projects.

Potential employees were sometimes technically brilliant people but needed to develop their skills in communication, presentation and time management. "We don't want communication constraints to prevent them from getting the message across," he said. Equipping students with the right skills while they were still in college was the solution.