THE International Business Machines Corporation and Bharath University have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide students industry-oriented skills. As a part of the collaboration, Bharath University will incorporate various courses offered by IBM’s career education programme in its engineering curriculum. Career education courses are designed to develop the right skills and nurture basic competencies demanded by the industry. Engineering students can join these courses from their second year; they will also undergo experiential learning programmes in the final year before joining the industry.
Himanshu Goyal, country manager, IBM Career Education, says, “Enterprises using Information Technology are facing significant challenges in managing and transforming their relationships with current employees and the customers of tomorrow. Signposts for the future are already visible signalling significant changes in all segments of education. These signposts, which are technology immersion, personalised learning paths, knowledge skills, global integration and economic alignment are rapidly converging to produce a new and transformative paradigm that we call the educational continuum. IBM’s career education is an adaptive programme dissolving the traditional boundaries between the academic levels, education providers and economic development initiatives to provide a single system for life-long learning, skills development, career and workforce training. Under our career education programme we are delighted to partner with Bharath University to enable the young generation to emerge as a vibrant workforce.”
Commenting on the collaboration, J Lakshmi Narayanan, chancellor of Bharath University, says, “We are proud to be associated with one of the IT majors in the country to give our students a deeper insight into the industry. In today’s competitive world, students have to stay updated on current standards. Imparting industry training in a campus environment will help students understand better and relate to real time environments with ease.”
Dr R Kari Thangaratnam, principal of the Bharath Institute of Science and Technology, says, “Bharath University is providing the best infrastructure and facilities to train students in various IT subjects based on their interests. Our institute has always been providing opportunities for students to go beyond textbooks. The training module is designed in such a way as to meet industry requirements. The MoU with IBM will benefit students to crave a niche in the industry.”
The IBM career education programme is a comprehensive software programme designed by IT professionals for graduates and experienced professionals to accelerate their skills and knowledge to help them succeed in a dynamic industry. Keeping the learner as the focal point, the curriculum brings together the latest software content, real-world industry experience, hands-on lab courses and the best practices all into a single unique programme.