After the successful launch of India’s largest technology hub, the Telangana government is toying with the idea of creating a Data Analytics Park to tap employment opportunities in this rising sector by imparting the requisite skills among students.
IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao said the government was keen on improving the skills of engineering students to make them industry-ready in the true sense. He was speaking at the MoU signing between NASSCOM, JNTU Hyderabad and Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge (TASK) to enhance engineering ecosystem in Telangana. He said the government has already launched the biggest incubation centre at IIIT Hyderabad and also started Technology Entrepreneurship Programme at ISB to further the entrepreneur skills among students.
NASSCOM vice-chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy said as a part of the MoU pedagogy of teaching methodology will be reworked to infuse skills needed for emerging areas in the IT sector.
He said industry-institution interaction has taken off in Telangana and recently 3,200 students from 17 engineering colleges were run through a training programme. It will be a continuous process.
The JNTU in-charge Vice-Chancellor Shailaja Ramaiyer said the government has identified three sunrise sectors – Data Analytics, Design Engineering and Cyber Security, and with NASSCOM’s assistance courses in these subjects would be offered to B.Tech third year engineering students from this year. It will be a pilot project to be launched in selected colleges benefitting around 15,000 students. About 200 teachers will also be trained, she said.
Mr. Rama Rao assured that this will be continuous process and efforts are being made to touch every college and student. There are enormous opportunities in these three sectors so the focus is now on them.
He also made it clear that the government wants quality engineers from the State and not just quantity.
Harpreet Singh, IT Secretary; Sujiv Nair, TASK CEO; Kishen Kumar Reddy, Rector, JNTUH and N.V. Ramana Rao, Registrar, JNTUH were also present.