Sunday, March 6, 2016

Govt to offer IT courses to curb 'pirate' tutorials

Worried about nearly 3.5 lakh engineering aspirants falling prey to 'pirated' IT courses on offer at tutorials, mostly in the Ameerpet area, the state government has made plans to introduce genuine courses sourced directly from developers.

The grey market of pirated courses in the city is estimated at a whopping Rs 300 crore, drawing a wide range of students willing to pay from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 to acquire knowledge in what they believe would land them a creamy job in the future. However, that's not how it pans out for students who end up with an invalid certificate.

To address this menace, the information technology department will itself offer genuine courses. "There is usually a time lag for new courses to reach campuses andthis lacunae has let the grey market thrive. To address this issue, we are bringing in the latest technologies through the Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK)," said IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan.

"We have already made Tiezen and Bluemix courses available through TASK," he said, adding that tie-ups for Oracle and SAP courses are also in the pipeline.

This, the government hopes, would take the wind out of the sails for the pirated courses industry that has existed for long due to a nexus between educational institutes and tutorial operators.

"The pirated courses available in the grey market have compromised on content and are of little help to students who end up getting rejected in interviews. We are trying to negotiate a preferential price for these courses with the original providers and will facilitate direct access for students through TASK. The idea is to kill the piracy market," said Sujiv Nair, chief executive officer of TAS

Students also hope to benefit from the new system as many of them are disappointed with the lack of job prospects even after doing such courses. "I came to do a particular course called hadoop, but it wasn't of much help in securing a job. I then took up SAP Fico course," said Ramani P, a student from a private engineering college in Warangal.

However, most IT companies conduct their own entrance tests and recruit staff based on their performance rather than the number of certificates. "Only if the foundation is strong do companies recruit young talent," said BVR Mohan Reddy, executive chairman of Cyient and chairman of Nasscom. "Companies spend a good amount of time training new recruits. Irrespective of the fact whether a student holds certificates for 10 latest courses, he will be rejected if the fundamentals are not strong," he added.

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