IT firms seek to ensure talent pool to tap SMAC technologies

Companies work with academic institutions, set up in-house institutes to groom talent as they move to social media, mobility, analytics and cloud technologies

It’s back to school for India’s information technology firms, working with academic institutions and setting up in-house institutes to groom the right talent as these companies move to social media, mobility, analytics and cloud, or SMAC, technologies.

Tech Mahindra Ltd, India’s fifth largest software services exporter, is talking to the Indian Academy of Sciences-Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad to co-develop courses in cyber robotics and predictive analytics, said a company spokesperson.

In 2013, Tech Mahindra had set up the Mahindra École Centrale in Hyderabad along with École Centrale Paris university of France to train students in contemporary industry practices. In 2014, it started a programme similar to Infosys Ltd’s campus connect programme that allows fresh recruits to interact with the management once a month.

Tech Mahindra’s infrastructure management services academy set up last year has inked partnerships with five universities—Chandigarh University, JSS Mahavidyapeetha in Mysore, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar, Karpagam University in Coimbatore and Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology in Pollachi—to hire students trained on a co-developed curriculum.

The company will shortly form partnerships with other colleges also, the spokesperson added. Similarly, in 2013, Hexaware Technologies Ltd, a mid-tier software services firm, set up Hexavarsity in Chennai.

Read more at: IT firms seek to ensure talent pool to tap SMAC technologies by Beryl Menezes

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