Oracle and ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu (ICTACT) have signed an agreement to implement Oracle Academy curriculum across 450 educational institutions in the state to teach students industry-relevant skills. The Oracle Academy program includes educator training, curriculum, software, support and certification resources that can prepare ICTACT students for real-world careers.
This initiative is expected to benefit 45,000 students and 450 faculty members over the next three years. Once the initial 450 faculty members are trained by Oracle Academy, ICTACT aims to train another 300 faculty. Through the program, educators will learn to teach computer science fundamentals, and then train other teachers at ICTACT-affiliated schools in their local communities. The collaboration will enable students from rural areas to develop computer science skills and the knowledge needed to progress in the IT industry.
“We’re excited to give students in Tamil Nadu more exposure to the current trends and technologies in the IT industry. This collaboration will help students gain a better understanding about the types of career paths and jobs that are available to them,” said Sivakumar M, CEO, ICTACT. “Oracle Academy can help us ensure that we have a strong talent pool with necessary training and credentials to fill the increasingly skilled jobs that our economy demands.”
Oracle Academy’s complete academic curriculum, hosted solutions and teacher training events will help ICTACT teachers and students gain hands-on learning experience and help them develop critical skills in Java, SQL and PL/SQL.
“Oracle is committed to building a digital India. The collaboration with ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu for the 6th consecutive year is one more step towards furthering the government’s ‘Skill India’ initiative in the country,” said Shailender Kumar, Managing Director, Oracle India. “Through this collaboration, we will offer faculty members up-to-date course materials, pedagogical tools and software to use while training other teachers and students. This access to modern curriculum and industry-leading technology will help make the learning process interesting, relevant and effective.”
Oracle Academy currently collaborates with more than 1,700 educational institutions in India. During Oracle CEO Safra Catz’s recent visit to India, Oracle announced that it would expand its educational partnerships to another 1,000 institutions with a goal of reaching 500,000 students annually.