Furnishing the Numbers



Students
who pass out of engineering colleges and other universities with a qualification
in computers often take up fast track or short courses at private IT training
institutes to acquire skills in latest technologies. Students from the fields of
fashion designing, commercial arts, film institutes and architecture join
multimedia courses to learn the use of multimedia in their respective
professions.

As per our estimates, the private training industry has trained over 2
million students last year. Definitely, there is a large role that the private
training industry is playing in making India an IT superpower.

Setting an example

Overseas interest A delegation from China visited India with a mission to
find out how India had grown its IT industry take tips to advance its own IT
industry, which was lagging behind India.

They saw the contribution the non-formal training sector had made to the IT
industry and were interested in repeating the same in China. In fact, the role
played by the IT training industry has been acknowledged worldwide.
International universities and governments like South Korea, Nigeria and El
Salvador are sending students to Aptech for three months to one year to complete
a course in IT. This speaks volumes about the impact of the IT training industry
on the growth of the tech revolution.

The IT revolution that has swept the country in the last five years owes a
lot to the private training industry–the boom in software exports created a
shortage of manpower; the resultant gap between demand and supply could never
have been bridged by the formal sector of education. The private sector training
institutes contributed in a big way to bridge this gap.

Today, many of the software and user industries rely on trained manpower from
private institutes to source their requirements.

The eighties boom

If we talk about the roots, as the IT industry in the country grew in the
early nineties, there was a lot of interest among students for a career in
information technology. This was the period when large IT training and education
organizations mushroomed and started offering long-duration career-oriented
courses that became popular with undergraduates. Students took up these courses
along with their normal graduation courses–the idea was that by the time they
graduated, they would also have professional qualifications in IT. And on the
strength of those qualifications, they stood a better chance of securing jobs in
the IT and user industries.

It was in the eighties that the IT training and education industry received a
boost and relaly came into its own. There was a need to train students in the
latest technologies, and the formal education sector was not geared up for the
task. What was it that was holding them back? Incorporation of new technologies
into the curriculum, upgradation of infrastructure and facilities to keep them
in sync with changing technologies was a tall order–this is where the private
sector jumped in. They have never looked back.

Pramod Khera is CEO, training and
education business, Aptech

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