Oracle Academy and Sharda Group of Institutions will work together
New Delhi, India, March 14, 2013: Oracle Academy and Sharda Group of Institutions will work together to help 4,000 students develop industry-relevant skills for successful IT careers. Sharda Group of Institutions (SGI) will integrate the Oracle Academy Introduction to Computer Science curriculum into SGI’s flagship institutions, Sharda University, and Hindustan College of Science and Technology, located in Greater NOIDA and Mathura respectively, to help inspire the next-generation of technology professionals. This effort will allow SGI to build a strong foundation of technology programs to help prepare 4,000 students for successful IT careers, and help meet growing demand for a highly skilled technology workforce.
The Oracle Academy’s Introduction to Computer Science curriculum includes Database Design and Programming courses and a Java-specific curriculum consisting of four courses (Getting Started with Java Using Alice, Creating Java Programs with Greenfoot, Java Fundamentals, and Java Programming) that are aligned to Oracle certification. The Getting Started with Java Using Alice curriculum engages students with little or no programming experience to learn basic Java programming concepts using Carnegie Mellon University’s Alice software environment.
Sharda University in Greater Noida had previously enrolled for the Advanced Computer Science curriculum of the Oracle Academy program. The programme will be launched in these institutions in April, 2013. Offered through Oracle’s corporate citizenship organization, the Oracle Academy provides education institutions with technology, curriculum, professional development and other industry-relevant resources to help awaken and deepen students’ interest in the field of computer science and prepare them with industry-relevant skills as they get ready to enter the workforce. The Oracle Academy helps 1.9 million students in 97 countries, including 150,099 students from 441 educational institutions across India, gain industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workplace.
To support this effort, 41 teachers will participate in the Oracle Academy’s Instructors Institute, a rigorous professional development programme that prepares faculty to teach the Oracle Academy’s IT and business curriculum. Participating faculty complete 90 hours of online coursework before attending an in-class training event. During the in-class training, teachers work face-to-face with Oracle Academy instructors to prepare to teach the Oracle Academy curriculum to their students.
P K Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University and Chairman, Sharda Group, said, “We take pride in our ability to provide academic programmes that promote innovation, technology skills development, and academic research. Working with the Oracle Academy will support us in this endeavour.”
Mudit Consul, Executive Vice President, Sharda Group, said, “The addition of the Oracle Academy curriculum will help foster students’ knowledge and interest in computer science and help ensure our students receive the most appropriate training, so that they are prepared to join the global IT workforce.”
Krishna Sistla, Senior Director, Oracle Education Initiatives, Oracle Asia Pacific, said, “The Oracle Academy supports over 1.9 million students across the globe, offering a comprehensive program designed to help them gain a competitive edge,” said . “We are honored to work with Sharda University to roll out our program to their students and faculty, helping them to develop highly skilled graduates that can meet the growing needs of the IT sector.”
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