JALANDHAR: The affiliated colleges of Punjab Technical University (PTU) will now conduct a series of Faculty Development Programs (FDP) after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IBM Academic Initiative (AI) and the University on Wednesday.
About 100 faculty members have already been trained on DB2 technologies who will train the students on the IBM's well known database at their respective colleges. The partnership aims to train and build a skilled resource base on leading software technologies relevant to the those prevalent in the market.
IBM AI program has been created with a aim to equip educational institutions with the latest IT tools in the market, so that the students are prepared for the opportunities in the professional world.
PTU vice chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said that this partnership was aimed at making faculty and students familiar with IBM technologies in pursuit of their academic excellence. "This initiative is focussed at taking industry relevant technology to the doorsteps of prospective technocrats to bridge the gap in technical expertise of prospective IT workforce," he said .
"Through this partnership, we will be able to help students understand the latest developments in the field of software engineering and also encourage students to apply their learning to solve real-world problems. The certifications and hands-on experience in problem solving will make them more employable," he added.
This collaboration will initially help in training and certifying 300 faculty of PTU and will impact knowledge base development of more than 1500 PTU students on software technologies that will increase their professional skills so that the are prepared for employment. The development program will cover all affiliated colleges of PTU and extended to students across all the colleges of PTU, said a PTU spokesperson.
Karthik Padmanabhan, country manager, ISV & developer relations, IBM India, said, "This partnership aims to bridge the academia-industry gap by training the faculty and students on cutting edge software tools and technologies. The ongoing series of faculty development programs will ensure smoother knowledge transition to students."