IBM, Startup Village ink pact to train engineering students

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on October 29, 2012 Published on October 29, 2012

IBM will collaborate with Startup Village to encourage student entrepreneurs and enhance their IT skills at engineering colleges in Kerala.

An MoU was signed by IBM and Startup Village to equip engineering students and young professionals with knowledge and skills which will better position them in the IT industry.

The collaboration will also help them build business solutions that address the issues enterprise customers are facing in the Smarter Planet industries.

Career initiative

As a part of the MoU, IBM will help students at Startup Village to attain industry-ready skills through its Career Education and Academic Initiative programme. Career education courses are designed to develop the right skills and nurture basic competencies that are demanded by the industry.

The courses offered include skills on information management using IBM DB2, software quality management, cloud computing, enterprise mobile application development using IBM Worklight etc.

Along with this, students will also undergo experiential learning programmes through career education Projects and take part in The Great Mind Challenge (TGMC) contest, the largest technological contest certified by the Limca Book of Records.

Free software

IBM will provide relevant software free of cost that will be used for training and enablement purposes for students and faculty members of various engineering colleges in the State.

Karthik Padmanabhan, country manager – ISV and Developer Relations, IBM India, said that the objective is to provide for life-long learning, skills development, career and workforce training, concurrently enabling young generations to create world-class products for the enterprise businesses.

According to Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO, Startup Village, the IBM support will ignite their innovative talent and thereby enhance the human capital. “We are sure this would lead to a whole new culture of product-based thinking and catalyse innovations of the future,” he said.

Sanjay Vijayakumar, chairman, Startup Village, said the partnership by IBM comes as “a perfect trigger to our mission as they have the cutting-edge technology solutions that our engineering students will have access to further innovate.”

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Published on October 29, 2012
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