Sweden seems to be emerging as the buzzing destination for engineering students, given the huge opportunities waiting to be explored in the domain of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Indian students are the largest community that has, of late, started vigorously exploring the Scandinavian nation for higher education. “Sweden is considered an immigrant’s paradise, which ranks high on parameters like general tranquillity, public security, environment conducive for higher study and safety of women at public places,” says Gurudutt Velpula, Director (India Initiatives), Blekinge Institute of Technology (Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola – BTH), Sweden.
In an interview to The Hindu , he explained how the Indian student community can look into the greener pastures of Sweden and benefit from the shortage of qualified and trained manpower, especially in the ICT sector.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into by Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) and Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) with BTH is seen as a crucial step coming in this direction. The MoU facilitates exchange of students, faculty members and conduct of academic programmes, besides taking huge strides in skill development. BTH is ranked No.1 among technical universities in Sweden and the sixth in the world in terms of systems and software engineering. The institute has similar tie-ups with Andhra University, JNTU Anantapuram and Kakinada.
The six-year programme has four years of B.Tech and two years of M.Tech, with an exit option after undergraduation. The first three years of B. Tech will be studied at SVU and a student, with no backlogs, will be allowed to pursue the fourth year on the BTH campus in Sweden. The curriculum for the fourth year is designed in such a way that the student will work in a ‘simulated workplace,’ with thrust on real-time employment conditions, team work, research, innovation and skill development. Upon completion, the incumbent will have three-pronged exits — higher studies, employment and innovation.
“With the presence of academia and industry in the vicinity, there is ample scope for generating and sharing ideas over a cup of coffee,” Mr. Velpula pointed out.