European deal for Bharath University [Mail Today (India)]
(Mail Today (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BHARATH University, a leading academic institution in Tamil Nadu has inked a deal with SAP India, a European company specialising in enterprise application software, to impart SAP curriculum to all its students.
The decision comes in the wake of a recent NASSCOM report that only 25 per cent of the technical graduates in India are considered employable by IT and ITes companies. The country churns out over 2.5 million university graduates a year of which around 20 per cent are technical graduates. The report also noted that India's IT sector would face a potential shortfall of half a million skilled professionals annually.
Announcing the collaboration Sundeep Aanand Chancellor and President, Bharath University, said that the university is committed to prepare its students for industry.
" The essential element of a graduate engineer today is his employability. The collaboration with SAP India is one such effort in this direction," said Aanand.
" Similar collaborative efforts have also been put in place by other departments of the university," said Aanand. The venture makes Bharath one of the first universities in Tamil Nadu to offer SAP curriculum to all the students via the SAP site license model, according to a statement issued by the university.
Under the SAP license model, universities will be able to offer SAP courses that can blend easily into the curriculum at highly subsidised rates.
" Both SAP and Bharath University shares a common goal. The collaboration will help in producing graduates with a competitive edge," said Mageshwari Ramaiah, head, SAP Education, SAP India. The students will be provided SAP training by Atos, a French multinational IT services corporation with 77,000 employees in 47 countries.
Said Rajeev Agarwala, head, Atos Education and Training Business: " Having a strong link between industry and academic curriculum is essential for the overall development of the students."
India's IT sector is expected to face a potential shortfall of half a million skilled professionals annually
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