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    TN to set up ICT academy

    Chennai (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Government will set up an ICT Academy under public-private partnership to develop and maintain a world class ICT industry-related curriculum and content for students across the state, State IT Secretary C Chandramouli said on Monday.

    The process of setting up the academy was in the advanced stage and a few companies had signed up to become partners.The partnership would include the State and Central Governments, industry and institutions, he told a press conference here.

    The academy, to function as a non-profit autonomous organisation, would develop curriculum and content to address gaps in specific technical as well as management areas. It would be made available to students and faculty through an online portal.

    Specialised training to the faculty and industry-related training programme to students would also be provided.

    CII Chairman-ICT forum Subbu D Suramanian cited a study that only 25 per cent of engineering students in India were employable on a national average and said creating industry-ready quality talent pool was a key challenge.

    The proposal, which would require an initial investment of Rs 20 crore over a period of three years, would become operational by mid-2008, he added.

    The setting up of an ICT Academy was one of the recommendations put forth to the Tamil Nadu government and the CII at the seventh edition of CONNECT, a premier ICT event, held in September this year.

    It also recommended creation of a Science and Technology Task Force under a special Minister. The task force should include Ministers of Higher Education, IT, Industry and Agriculture, it suggested.



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