NASSCOM and NIIT partner to enhance skill development and quality capacity of graduates
New Delhi, India, January 05, 2013: The NASSCOM Sector Skills Council (SSC), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), for three years, with the leading talent development organization NIIT to offer enhanced training programs to students through its training campuses all across the country. The strategic alliance will offer first-of-its-kind training programs that have been designed, developed and endorsed by the industry through two initiatives- FSIT (Foundation Skills in IT) – for engineering graduates and Global Business Foundation Skills (GBFS) – for graduates of all streams.
While FSIT aims to develop foundation skills in IT, GBFS has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the BPO/KPO and the LPO industry. NIIT will leverage its on-campus delivery model – NIIT Careers@Campus, designed to enhance employability skill sets of engineering graduates in particular and the overall employability of all graduates in general.
The training program has been designed by IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council NASSCOM and the achievement levels are certified through the NAC and NAC-Tech assessments. The collaboration between NASSCOM’s IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council (SSC) and NIIT aims to train over 1 lakh students over three years, starting with 30,000 students in the first year.
Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM, said “India has the world’s largest pool of talent across geographically dispersed locations within the country and outside. Indian IT-BPM industry has been working round the clock to build a favourable environment in preparing this talent pool and making them industry-ready. While diverse efforts and initiatives have been taken by the industry and academia at various levels, there is a lot that can and needs to be done. This initiative of NASSCOM with NIIT is a step-forward in the same direction and is aimed to scale quality capacity of our graduates. We believe our initiative will go a long way in contributing towards achieving the scale that is required by the industry.”
Rajendra Singh Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, said, “NIIT’s training expertise together with NASSCOM’s industry insights will empower college students across India.”
The programs – FSIT and GBFS, are of a duration of 120 hours each and cover topics ranging from on technology to soft skills and professional skills and project management. Most of the topics covered are applicable to multiple industries and although all students are eligible to take part in the program, it is best suited for engineering students studying in third year and final year. The industry has invested substantially in the design and development of these programs and these will be continuously updated to keep it current and relevant.