India is home to more than 3400 engineering colleges. Several studies by NASSCOM have shown that only 25 percent of these students are employable in the IT industry. This is mostly due to constraints such as accessibility, exposure, communication skills, and orientation to the IT industry.
Spark-IT, an initiative by Infosys Foundation, endeavors to enhance the skill levels (technical and behavioral) of graduates and orient them to meet the needs of the IT industry. To achieve this, Spark-IT will extensively leverage tools, curricula, faculty, and expertise within Infosys. The initiative aims to bridge the gap between college education and requirements for a career in information technology for deserving and meritorious graduates who are at disadvantage due to their locational, educational, financial, and societal realities.
Spark-IT plans to train 1,800 graduates spread across 8 – 10 batches at one of the Infosys campuses. These graduates will undergo a 3-month rigorous training program that will cover the basics of IT and help them build a strong understanding of concepts. Some of the courses covered include data structures, RDBMS concepts, algorithms, object-oriented concepts, programming, etc. In addition, the program will also impart soft-skills training to improve communication and interaction skills of the graduates. The course is designed to help these students learn in a world-class environment.
Graduates who are selected for Spark-IT will receive:
Reimbursement of one-time onward and return travel expenses
A stipend of INR 10,000 per month
Boarding and lodging allowance of INR 5,000 per month
Twin-sharing accommodation within the campus, chargeable at INR 3,000 per month
Hospitalization, medical, and personal accident insurance
Source : Infosys Foundation
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