State run International Institute of Information Technology- Bengaluru (IIIT-B) is starting a post-graduate diploma program which will train around 10,000 engineers and professionals in smart software skills.
"The 11-month program will provide hands-on learning to students and working professionals to hone their software skills required by a rapidly changing industry," said IIIT-B in a statement here.
"We are seeing a huge change in the IT industry from automation, digital and data transforming many roles. Although many fear that this will lead to job losses, I am of the opinion that these changes bring in new types of opportunities," said IIIT-B Director S. Sadagopan in the statement.
Computer programmers usually have to go through the principles of core computer science and software engineering, this program is specifically designed for providing the focus on job oriented skills which they will require in the near future.
"In view of the technology changes and increasing automation, about 30 per cent or one-million jobs in the Indian IT sector face lay-off. Hence, we need to reposition them to avoid net loss of jobs in the resilient sector," said Screwvala and Kumar in the statement.
Today there is opportunity for huge growth in digital and data sector of the IT and to leverage these opportunities it is essential that programmers show product centric thinking instead of service centric thinking.
"Besides training professionals on software engineering, the program will focus on developing creative problem-solving and critical thinking by enabling the students to grasp new skills and adapt to the changing technology era," it said.
According to the recent study done by the aspiring minds computer science and IT students don’t have access to quality teachers and education and therefore, most of them are not suitable for the software development.
"There is an acute shortage of good teachers in most engineering colleges in the country. As a result, majority of students don't have access to quality education at the post-graduate level," said Sadagopan.
He further said "While 1.5 lakh students apply for Masters every year, many of them can't go on due to limited seats in the top colleges and the program is meant to address this shortage".