Kerala finally launches ICT Academy after much delay

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Trivandrum: Six years after it was planned, the much awaited Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Academy of Kerala finally became a reality today with the formal launch by Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy in the presence of Minister for Education, Shri P K Abdu Radd; S D Shibulal, CEO & MD of Infosys and also, Chairman, ICT Academy of Kerala and a host of other dignitaries at a function held in Thiruvananthapuram.

ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK) is a one of its kind venture supported by the Government of India and partnered by the Government of Kerala along with industry body NASSCOM and leading IT companies like TCS, Infosys, UST Global, IBS and NeST.

In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister said that the ICT Academy of Kerala will give the much required finishing touch to the graduates in the State to make them employable and industry ready. He also added that this is a milestone in executing a PPP model venture.

In his address, Shibulal said that lack of qualified workforce is a big challenge for the industry and this multi-stakeholder approach of the industry, government and the academic institutions, to find a solution will go long way in addressing this issue.

Giving a progress report, P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary – IT, said that the Kerala Government decided to start the ICT Academy in 2008 but the was held up due to various reasons. Of the total cost of Rs.16 crores, the IT industry has contributed Rs. 8 crores followed by the Central Government with Rs. 6 crores and the State Government with the remaining Rs. 2 crores. The target for the academy is to train 5,000 trainers and 2,00,000 students in the next two years.

Santhosh Kurup, CEO of ICTAK said that ICT Academy would employ a train-the-trainer approach to impart skill sets to our students. The academy marshals real-time industry experts to formulate relevant skills acquisition programmes and they will regularly interact with the faculty members of technology institutions. The ultimate beneficiaries will be our youngsters and the academy is committed to create a vast pool o highly employable technology graduates in the State.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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