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NIT-T to organise finishing school programme

E-TREND: K. Raghunathan, Secretary, National College, second from left, handing over the first copy of the souvenir to N. Gopala Swamy, Wholetime Director, Dalmia Cements, in Tiruchi on Thursday. Left to right, K. Anbarasu, Principal, M. Chidambaram, Director, National Institute of Technology, look on. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam  

Special Correspondent

The pilot scheme will be for a period of eight weeks

TIRUCHI: The National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) will organise a finishing school programme during May - June for enhancing employability of engineering graduates, its Director, M. Chidambaram said.

Delivering his key-note address at the inaugural session of the two-day University Grants Commission-sponsored national seminar on `Emerging HRD practices in the Information Technology era' organised by the Commerce Department of the National College here on Thursday, Dr. Chidambaram said that the programme would provide an opportunity for students, who have not got jobs through campus placements, to reinforce their skills and acquire industry-specific knowledge from trained faculty of NITs and experts of IT and ITES industries.

The pilot programme will be for a period of eight weeks on weekdays with a total input for 240 hours at eight institutions nationwide - IIT, Rourkela and NITs at Calicut, Durgapur, Jaipur, Kurushetra, Suratkal, Tiruchi and Warangal.

He hoped that the initiative would help in bridging the manpower supply-demand gap by at least 30 to 40 per cent.

Quoting a McKinsey Global Institute Study and the prediction of National Association of Software and Services Company, he said that though India could face a shortfall of five lakh IT professionals by 2010, only 25 per cent of the engineering graduates are in the employable category.

The programme is meant to address the serious situation that threatens India's position as a leading provider of IT and ITES, Dr. Chidambaram said adding, that due consideration would be given to socially backward candidates, women and those from the rural areas.

The Whole-Time Director, Dalmia Cements Limited, N. Gopalaswamy, in his inaugural address said that the IT had energised and revolutionised the industrial scenario in the whole world. HR could not be ignored any more and its decisions have an important impact on the performance of IT industry. At present the HR influenced every aspect of industry from production, manufacture to marketing.

The Head, Department of Commerce of the college and the seminar director, D. Sivasubramanian, said the seminar focussed on thrust areas in IT industries like emerging HRD practices, training and development, performance appraisal, career planning and development, future challenges of HR management. He said faculty from not only the varsities in Tamil Nadu, but also from Kerala and Karnataka too were participating in the seminar.

The Secretary of the National College, K. Raghunathan released the abstracts of the seminar and the first copy was received by Mr. Gopalaswamy. The Principal, K. Anbarasu, presided over the inaugural.