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ECIT broadens training spectrum

V. Rishi Kumar

The Computer Education Division of ECIL

THE computer education division of Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, ECIT, which has built up a network of 250 centres across the country, besides school centres in Himachal Pradesh and the Capital, is expanding its range of courses through strategic tie-ups and the ECvarsity. It is also foraying into training in the IT-enabled services space.

According to Mr V.R.S. Natarajan, Director (Personnel and In-charge), ECIT is emerging as a leader in IT education in the country. Its mission is to impart quality software and hardware training and shape up professionals for industry requirements.

Following a host of expansion-cum-diversification plans, ECIT has targeted a turnover of Rs 40 crore for the year 2002-2003. And building on this network, it expects to achieve a turnover of about Rs 100 crore by the year 2004-2005.

The education division achieved a record turnover of Rs 15 crore for the year 2001-2002 in the backdrop of the IT industry reeling under recession. The turnover has been attributed mainly to the diverse IT education courses, both short-term and long-term, focus on corporate and Government training compared to pure centre-based training and network of over 250 centres across the country.

Under the IT education initiative for schools, ECIT has partnered with the Himachal Pradesh Government for 221 schools, which has an enrolment of about 35,000 students. Under this scheme, students from IX to XII classes are covered. Similarly, in Delhi, 35 schools are being operated for students from Class VI to XII. In both these States, ECIT has successfully implemented projects.

Alongside this, ECIT has teamed up with educational institutions and universities like the University of Mysore aimed at offering career-oriented courses such as embedded software, bio-informatics and geographical information systems. These courses are offered as post-graduate diplomas in software development, embedded systems, bio-informatics, GIS and multimedia production. Similarly, it has associated with CITD (Central Institute of Tool Design) under the Ministry of SSI to offer career courses in CAD, CAM and CAE.

With the need for quality professionals in the area of embedded systems and VLSI area on the rise, ECIT has developed advanced certificate diploma courses in VLSI space, targeting engineering students particularly in the areas of circuit and chip design. This is one area which has bucked the general slowdown trend. With the objective to further this course, ECIT is also in the process of forging tie-ups to spread across various locations in the country, particularly in the area of building competence in VLSI design.

The foray into the IT sector has come naturally to ECIL, which had core competency in both software and building hardware for computers from its inception. In fact, the company had several professionals conversant with computer technology, says Mr V.H. Ron, the Chairman and Managing Director.

He says building on its training capabilities, ECIT, which has been imparting training for major corporations since 1970, is associated with organisations like LIC, banks, police departments, the Department of Telecommunications, the Central Warehousing Corporation and FCI. Over the last two years, ECIT has been training the EPF staff and till date has trained over 10,000 employees.

Diversifying into new areas, ECIT has begun to offer courses in IT-enabled services. While call centre-based training is one such area, based on its expertise, it is planning to provide computer-based training through CDs as well.

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