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NITI Aayog is inviting applications for setting up of Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

AICTE Notification :   NITI Aayog is inviting applications for setting up of Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship program of the Government of India.

AIM endeavours to do this by providing support to various academic institutions and corporate sector organizations to establish Atal Incubation Centres (AICs).

Application for Atal Incubation Centres


AIM intends to support the establishment of new incubation centres called Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) that would nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and sustainable enterprises. The AICs would create world class incubation facilities across various parts of India with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups, business planning support, access to seed capital, industry partners, trainings and other relevant components required for encouraging innovative start-ups. Moreover, AICs would be established in subject specific areas such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation etc.


Entities such as such as higher educational institutions, R&D institutes, corporate sector, alternative investment funds registered with SEBI, business accelerators, group of individuals, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Financial Support

AIM will provide a grant-in-aid of upto Rs. 10 crore for a maximum period of 5 years to cover the capital and operational expenditures to establish the AIC.


The applicant would have to provide at least 10,000 sq. ft. of ready-to-use, built-up space, for the exclusive use of the AIC.

Any queries may be sent to  :  md-aim@gov.in

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Last date of submission: 31st July 2017

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India’s largest Employability Skills Test by Wheebox launched in association with AICTE, UNDP and CII

India Education Diary | 

Leading Employability Assessment Company Wheebox in association with premier consortium partners AICTE, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Pearson Education and India’s leading HR technology outsourcing firm PeopleStrong launched India’s largest Employability Skills Test across 29 states and 7 UTs on the occasion of ‘World Skills Day’. The final year graduates, post-graduates and diploma holders from engineering, polytechnic, ITIs, state-run colleges & management schools can take part in the Wheebox Employability Test (WEST). The registration for online assessment for educational campuses commences on 15th of July on wheebox.com/west and last date of conducting proctored examinations across campuses will be 30th October, 2017. Students can register online at wheebox.com/west and take an online test measuring individual abilities in numerical and problem solving skills along with English, basics of information technology (IT), and behavioral traits. The duration of the online test is 70 minutes and is available in both Hindi and English. The assessment test provides initial transcript and detailed scorecards for each module to the candidate highlighting the strengths and improvement areas. These scores are shared with 110 organizations across 10 Sectors in India aiming to give the candidates a snapshot of their capability.

In a span of 100 days over 5000 campuses and a million of candidates will make it the largest study on employability anywhere in the world. Last year the study encompassed over half a million candidates from talent supply and from demand side over 150 large corporations from 15 sectors participated in the study. The employability test attempts to make a meaningful matchmaking between talent demand and supply for the job market. The study and findings will be part of India Skills Report 2018 which will be published during Global Skills Summit on November. Speaking on this occasion Nirmal Singh, Founder and CEO of Wheebox said, “Last year over 30,000 new employment opportunities were provided to young graduates from campuses as an outcome of the initiative. This partnership brings a new dimension and understanding to the way India and the global world looks at hiring skilled talent. The report provides an insight into the future jobs and skills required by employers also the hiring trends of the market while understanding the needs of the job seeker and organizations”. “Our past reports have been stating that businesses are struggling to recruit the right people, with a lack of general employability skills including soft skills such as communication, learning agility and team work cited as the primary problem (64 percent). This sentiment may dampen business productivity, ultimately threatening future growth and profitability; India Skills report addresses this concern and enables the academia and industry to make informed decisions.” – Courtesy  /    Click here to register for Wheebox Employability Skill Test

IIT-Delhi boy Abhishek chosen for 14-day International Antarctic Expedition

THE ASIAN AGE. | SUSHMITA GHOSH |  Jul 22, 2017 |  IIT-Delhi boy chosen for Antarctic tour |

Abhishek, who is pursuing chemical engineering from IIT-D has drafted the vision for NITI Aayog and wants to work towards climate change.

New Delhi: A fourth year student of IIT-Delhi has been selected to participate in a 14-day “International Antarctic Expedition”, being hosted by the “2041 Foundation” from February 27 to March 12 2018, where participants will gain knowledge about prevailing issues of climate change, renewable energy, and sustainability. Abhishek, who is pursuing chemical engineering from IIT-D has drafted the vision for NITI Aayog and wants to work towards climate change. He has his own city-wide initiative to address the issue of waste management in his city. “Besides gaining knowledge about the prevailing issues, we will learn about how it affects our present and future worldwide, along with a better understanding of the continent’s fragile ecosystem, experience its unique wildlife and observe the magnificent landscape of Antarctica,” the IIT-D student said.

Abhishek has been working with a member of Parliament, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Jodhpur and has also worked alongside the core team to draft the vision statement of “Mission Antyodaya” where they worked to provide the Government, PMO, ministries and NITI Aayog. However, in order to make it to the expedition, the engineering student is seeking supporters through the crowd funding online platform, Ketto, Asia’s most-visited crowdfunding platform with the largest funding community. “I want to join the expedition because I support the vision of global sustainable development. I would want to stretch my horizon in terms of my vision, experience and limit of purity in my attitude while contributing to the environment in whatever I do,” Abhishek added. The organisation 2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader, and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE. As the first person in history to walk to the North and South Poles, Mr. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy, and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change. – Courtesy

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Lok Sabha passes Bill allowing IIITs to give away engineering degrees to students

IndiaToday |  New Delhi, July 20, 2017 | & Live Mint |

The Bill seeks to grant statutory status to 15 IIITs and declare them as ‘Institutions of National Importance.’

The much awaited bill granting statutory status to the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) in PPP mode has been passed by the Lok Sabha. Also, the government said the fees for the poor students will not increase and that reservation law will apply there.

About IIIT Public-Private Partnership Bill, 2017:

  • The Bill seeks to grant statutory status to 15 IIITs and declare them as ‘Institutions of National Importance’
  • It also seeks to enable these institutions to grant degrees to their students in the academic courses conducted by them

Replying to a debate on the bill, here’s what HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said:

During the debate, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar stressed that the fees for poor will not increase because of the new measure. He also said that the reservation law prevailing in the country will apply to these institutes. “There might be a slight increase for those who have the capacity to bear. But for the poor (students), there will be scholarships available,” the Javadekar added. Meanwhile, the academic session commenced in 15 IIITs, including the branches in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and West Bengal. Further, the first batch of under-graduate students enrolled in the year 2013-14 will be passing out in this year. Meanwhile, talking about India’s dominance in the IT sector globally, Javadekar credited former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his vision for the IT sector.

Congress’s Deepinder Hooda criticised Javadekar:

Participating in the debate, Congress’s Deepinder Hooda criticised Javadekar for not mentioning contribution of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in bringing policy initiative in the IT sector. Referring to difficulties being faced by India’s IT firms due to changes made by the Donald Trump administration in granting H1B visas, Hooda said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must tell the country whether he had raised the issue with the US during his recent visit there. While welcoming the IIIT Bill, Hooda said the government must formulate strategy to support the IT industry in the wake of the US and some other countries resorting to protectionism.

“The grant of a formal degree in information technology, engineering or Ph.D will enhance the prospects of the graduating students in the job market and will also enable (these) institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the country in the field of information technology,” a cabinet statement had said on 15 March.  The 15 IIITs are now operating from: Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Vadodara (Gujarat), Sonipat (Haryana), Una (Himachal Pradesh), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dharwad (Karnataka), Kottayam (Kerala), Nagpur and Pune (both Maharashtra), Senapati (Manipur), Kota (Rajasthan), Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Kalyani (West Bengal). – Courtesy

Texas Instruments ‘India Innovation Challenge 2017’ to nurture engineering innovation among university students in India

Business World | 20 July, 2017  |   BW Online Bureau  |

Collaboration with IIM Bangalore and the Department of Science and Technology will mentor students and fund winning teams with INR 3.5 crore for start-ups

Texas Instruments (TI) today (20 July,2017) announced the launch of the second edition of India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC 2017). TI will continue the collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) to nurture innovation and consistent with the goals of the Make in India program. Last year, IICDC 2016 attracted registrations from 11,000 engineering students across 624 colleges in India. During IICDC 2017, TI will provide resources and in-depth technical training program throughout the contest. DST will provide Rs 3.5 crores to the student start-ups for prototyping and seed funding. NSRCEL at IIM Bangalore will provide business mentoring and incubation support. MyGov, the government’s online portal, will be extended to the participants for registration. Sanjay Srivastava, Director, TI India University Program said, “TI believes in nurturing engineering students through our university program, especially through experiential learning. IICDC is a great example of this. We are thankful to all the partners for helping us build IICDC as a thriving platform for young minds to generate ideas and then launch their start-ups.”

Professor Suresh Bhagavatula, Chairperson, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development, NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIM Bangalore said, “IIMB sees an exciting opportunity through this collaboration with TI on the IICDC by coming across unique entrepreneurial ideas from the best talents of the country and helping them incubate the ideas and transform them into successful enterprises. With mentors from NSRCEL, we see a lot of growth and competitive opportunity for students who want to address critical problems through their innovations.” Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO of MyGov said, “MyGov is glad to support DST and TI India in bringing innovative ideas from different corners of the country to one platform, thus further strengthening government’s Make in India program. The Innovative Platform of MyGov has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) that has great engagement and evaluation features to conduct such contests. The platform has hosted number of such innovative contests in recent years.”

Eligibility Criteria

  • The contest is open for all Indian engineering students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate&Doctoral degrees with Indian engineering colleges.
  • All the participants must be Indian Nationals
  • TI will be providing TI tools worth up to USD 200 for each team free of cost. You must use all TI devices in your solution.

Click here For Registration and More Details :   https://innovate.mygov.in/india-innovation-challenge-design-contest-2017/

AICTE PG, GATE / GPAT Scholarship for 2017-18 for disbursement through DBT

Inviting of Online Applications under AICTE PG (GATE/GPAT) Scholarship for A/Y 2017-18 for disbursement through DBT

On-line proposals are invited from AICTE approved Institutions for disbursement of Post Graduate Scholarship to the students admitted in AICTE approved programmes of M.E/M.Tech./M.Pharm. through DBT for the 1st year students of the academic year 2017-18 having gained qualifying marks with valid GATE/GPAT score card. Procedure to be followed by Institutes and students eligible for AICTE PG scholarship.

1. All the Institutes shall up-load the eligible PG Student’s details on the AICTE portal on or before 31stAugust, 2017 and distribute student’s Unique ID generated by the system to all the PG students admitted in AICTE approved programmes/ Institutions during 2017-18.

2. All the Post Graduate Students having valid GATE/GPAT score and admitted in AICTE approved programmes/Institutions shall collect the Unique ID from the institute and login on the AICTE Web- portal at for uploading the following documents in JPEG/PDF format only.

a. Scanned copy of GATE/GPAT score card.

b. Scanned copy of first page of Bank Passbook having the details of beneficiary, Name of the Bank  and Branch and IFS Code. (Note: Joint Account is not permitted, bank account has to be Aadhaar seeded with Aadhaar Card details. Bank account should not either be closed or transferred during period of course.

c. Scanned copy of the valid Category Certificate for SC/ST, OBC & Non-Creamy Layer (NCL-latest issued by the Competent Authority for OBC candidates only).

3. The Institute shall then verify the student data and approve his/her candidature on the portal. (Students verification) and approve for eligibility of disbursement of the scholarship. (Scholarship disbursement approval)

Detailed general guidelines/instructions and procedure for online registration of students and approval of eligibility of the student by the institute is available at http://www.aicte-india.org/PGScholarship.php. FAQ’s can also be viewed by visiting AICTE portal which is available in public domain.  AICTE Notification

All eligible students shall upload their information on or before 31st August, 2017 on AICTE web portal  and the Institute shall complete the procedure of student data verification and approval for the eligibility for the receipt of scholarship on or before 15th September, 2017. –  http://www.aicte-india.org/PGScholarship.php

Coimbatore student, researcher (Santhiya Rajan and G Suresh) get grants to develop path finder for visually impaired

The Times of India | Adarsh Jain | TNN | Jul 19, 2017 |

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COIMBATORE: A final year student of Sri Eshwar Engineering College and a research scholar of PSG College of Technology have been awarded Rs 10 lakh by the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) to develop a path detector for visually challenged people.  The innovators have developed a prototype and will be developing the final product using this grant.  Santhiya Rajan and G Suresh of Sri Eshwar College of Engineering received communication from Naveen Vashishta, director of NSTEDB, informing them about the grant under National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovation programme (NIDHI).  Santhiya is a final year student of electrical and electronics engineering at Eshwar College, and Suresh is a research scholar at PSGTech.
Suresh was earlier a faculty at Eshwar College and had collaborated with Santhiya to work on this project “The product is designed for blind people to navigate easily using electronics and micro-processor. It uses ultrasonic sensor and tactile feedback system to detect obstacles,” Santhiya said.  The tool will help visually challenged to become self-dependent, said Santhiya. “To earn a living it is very essential for them to have a safe and independent mobility support. This project helps visually impaired people acclimatise with their environment,” she said. “A white cane does not help in identifying the path easily. It fails to detect obstacles above knee-level. Also, it does not provide any information about the kind of obstacle,” said Santhiya. The innovators also say that white cane users have difficulty detecting protruding bars (most white canes fail) or moving vehicles until they are dangerously close, which leads to collisions and falls.  “The limited capability of the white cane corresponds to its length and a user’s manouvering skills. As such, users rarely detect overhanging obstacles at head-level or ranges further than approximately 1 m from the user,” said Suresh. To aid visually impaired people navigate more confidently, this smart cane called ‘path detector’ identifies obstacles within an average person’s focus area using ultrasonic sensors and a camera. “The ultrasonic sensors perceive the presence of obstacles while the camera distinguishes the obstacle,” Suresh said.  The existence of human being in their vicinity is intimated by voice output and user is alerted of other impediments detected by ultrasonic sensors. In addition, this path detector functions as a Walkman and as a recorder. The device operates in two modes — indoor and outdoor. – Courtesy

This teenage ‘engineer’ (Ayush Semele) from MP needs no college degree to help the poor

Hindustan Times, Bhopal |  Shruti Tomar | Jul 19, 2017 |

Meet Ayush Semele, a resident of Prithvipur in Bundelkhand who makes a great argument in favour of those who believe that formal education isn’t the only road to success.

Ayush Samele poses with a self-made bladeless fan at his workshop in Bhopal on Saturday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

He does not have an engineering degree, and isn’t even qualified for admission into a regular technical college. And yet, at the age of 19, he is already an “engineer for the poor”. Meet Ayush Semele, a resident of Prithvipur in Bundelkhand who makes a great argument in favour of those who believe that formal education isn’t the only road to success. He indigenously develops all electronic items for daily use – from induction cookers to refrigerators and bladeless fans – and even tutors people on manufacturing them at low prices. Today, the teenager has a huge fan following on the social media, especially YouTube. The money earned through his social media presence is put into developing more electronic equipment, which is then given to the needy for free. However, Ayush’s life was not always a success story. Though he had a passion for making electronic gadgets even as a child, poor grades in school invited discouragement from his folks. In 2012, when he was just a lad of fourteen, constant criticism spurred him to slash his wrists in desperation. A year later, the boy ran away from home for nearly a week to escape the taunts directed at him.

Interestingly, it was during this period that Ayush came to meet poverty-ridden people who couldn’t afford even the most basic of electronic comforts. Some of the children he chanced upon hadn’t even seen a toy. “I always wanted to become a scientist, but our education system only teaches us theoretical subjects,” says Ayush. “Whenever I sought practical lessons, I was thrown out of my class. I was criticised for asking questions. No one even tried to understand me.” However, after the initial setbacks, the home-bred inventor decided to pursue his dreams. He started off by making small toys and electronic items with discarded items, and they were both durable and cheap. At last, appreciation began trickling in. Ayush’s parents still had academic aspirations for him. However, after a year of being coached at a reputed institute in Bhopal, he dropped out. The boy just couldn’t concentrate on theory.  That was when Ayush’s elder brother, who is pursuing an engineering course in Bhopal, stepped in. Sourabh motivated him to come up with innovative electrical and electronic products, and upload his ideas on YouTube. “Ayush is a truly talented boy, and has always amazed me with his knowledge of electronics. His ‘career’ really took off once he launched Sdik Rof – his YouTube channel for kids – in September 2015.” Ayush’s luck took a turn for the better as more and more people started visiting his page to check his products. YouTube began paying him too. Though his first cheque was for a mere Rs 9,000 in April 2016, it boosted the teenager’s confidence to no end. Soon, the payments became bigger. The fattest cheque he has received till now is for Rs 72,000 in October 2016. Today, Ayush boasts of over 1.40 lakh subscribers, and his videos on making hair dryers and water heaters have scored as many as 25 lakh hits. He has developed around 72 different electrical products and posted 128 videos on his channel in the past two years. “I use commonplace items to make things. As all my products run on solar light, poor people aren’t burdened by soaring electricity costs,” says Ayush.

In the light of his newfound glory, people don’t look at Ayush in the same way anymore. His parents, Harishankar and Chhaya, now regard him with pride. Vijay Baghel, a resident of Prithvipur, says Ayush is the hero of his locality. “He does things that others can’t even imagine. Ayush is generous too. He gifted a scooter to the son of one of my relatives just because he couldn’t afford one.” While Sagar police constable Rajesh Rathod gushes over a hoverboard Ayush made for his child, Pappu Dubey – a barber from Bhopal – can’t have enough of a hair dryer created by the young inventor. “I have asked him to create a trimmer for me,” says Dubey. And then there are the ones inspired by Ayush’s videos to dabble in some inventing themselves. “I am an ardent follower of his YouTube channel,” says Raj Dikshit. “At present, I am trying to make a bladeless fan.” Ayush has also found an admirer in Satish Pal Singh Rajput, professor of mechanical engineering at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in Bhopal. “Ayush is using the appropriate technology to make his products. Any student who has mastered basic science can do it, but most lack his vision,” he says. – Courtesy      /   Click here to visit  YouTube channel  Sdik Rof – creativity by Ayush Semele

NIIT to deliver Next Gen courses in Digital Transformation within Indian Universities

New Delhi, 18th July 2017To introduce proprietary NIC (NIIT Inside Campus) model in India, after successful implementation in China and Emerging markets.

To make college curriculum future-ready by embedding cutting-edge programs like Java Enterprise with DevOps, MEAN Stack & Big Data and more.

NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development, now offers Next Gen courses in Digital Transformation to the Universities in India. To this end NIIT will introduce its globally acclaimed proprietary NIC (NIIT Inside Campus) model in universities and colleges across India.  Through strategic tie-ups with premier institutions, NIIT will offer futuristic programs in MEAN Stack, Big Data & Data Sciences Stack, Design Thinking, Cloud Stack, Internet of Things (IOT) Stack, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics and Virtual Reality and Cyber-Security. These programs will be embedded in the college curriculum thus offering students an opportunity to acquire skills aligned to the fast-evolving digital economy. The NIIT Inside model has already been introduced in select colleges in India.

India holds an important place in the global education industry with more than 1.4 million schools, over 227 million students enrolled and more than 36,000 higher education institutes. The sector is currently pegged at US$ 2-3 billion, and is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017. However, the education sector in the country is afflicted with the issues of quality, consistency and employability. According to All India Council for Technical Education more than 60% of the engineers graduating from technical institutes across India remain unemployed. There is a huge variation in standards of technical colleges in the country, a majority of whom churn out graduates who are not employable. While the higher education institutes are grappling with these issues, the skill sets required by the industry has undergone a change. IT now requires higher levels of leading-edge skills like cloud analytics, robotics, process automation, and so on, and engineering graduates of today do not always come qualified.

‘NIIT Inside’, a globally successful on-campus, customized education delivery model that is integrated with the institution’s bachelor degree programs, aims to bridge this gap. Through this model, NIIT provides its content, methodology, platform, technical know-how, pedagogy and also support university professors and lecturers by providing necessary training to deliver the latest curriculum. NIIT Inside is an effective solution that helps universities and higher education institutions to keep pace with changes in the global and local IT industry, and equip its students with the latest, in-demand skills that make them relevant in today’s work scenario. ‘NIIT Inside’ solutions will be delivered through Instructor-Led Training by subject matter expert / faculties at every college campus. Programs offered under the model will vary from modular courses like Java 8, Oracle 12C to skill enhancement courses to NIIT’s flagship GNIIT program. After the completion of the course, the students will get a degree from the University/Government and also receive a certificate from NIIT. This model has been implemented successfully in more than 200 Universities and colleges across China, Vietnam and Nigeria.

Elaborating on the strategic move, Rahul Patwardhan, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT Ltd., said “The Digital Transformation wave is upon the world and ‘go Digital’ has become the chant for those keen to survive and thrive in the emerging Digital age. The skills needed for professionals in the new Digital world, will be multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary, across subjects and disciplines. To build these skills, India will require an innovative education agenda that will also encompass a revamp of the educational models, curricula and teaching-learning methodologies at all levels. Through our ‘NIIT Inside’ model we will work with educational institutes across India to help them modernize their curriculum and offer futuristic career programs to their students.”

According to a recent release by NASSCOM, the skills of the future would be Big Data Analytics, Cloud & Cybersecurity Services, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and many other Digital Technologies. A huge demand is foreseen for roles such as mobile app development, social media, data scientists & platform engineering. According to a McKinsey report on ‘Technology Jobs & the Future of Work’, digital technologies could contribute $550 billion to $ 1 trillion of economic impact per year in India by the year 2025. According to another renowned survey, 69% of IT leaders expect huge surge in the job market in the next 3 to 5 years due to digital technologies.

Prakash Menon, President, Global Retail Business, NIIT Ltd., said, “Over the years we have been offering job-ready training to students through NIIT centres across the country. Focus on NIIT Inside model in India reiterates our commitment to make futuristic career programs available and accessible to the students by working closely with colleges and universities.”

Sanjay Tickoo, Head, Emerging Markets & NIIT Inside Business in India, NIIT Ltd, said, “This is indeed a very significant initiative in India wherein we will work closely with the higher education institutions to promote the industry-academia interface by offering cutting-edge programs in Big Data, Java Enterprise Apps with DevOps and more to help create a talent pool aligned to the industry needs. We have successfully implemented this model in countries like China, Indonesia and Vietnam by partnering with 200 premier education institutions in these countries. We look forward to further strengthening this initiative in India by establishing partnership with Universities & colleges across the country to make India a digitally empowered nation. “

Keeping in view the way IT industry has evolved and is expected to grow in the future, NIIT has developed its own Digital Transformation programs under the DigiNxt series, offering futuristic programs to create an IT workforce aligned to the needs of the digital economy. These programs will be available to students under the NIIT Inside model. NIIT provides student courseware material to all its partners, spanning 200+ universities and higher education institutions. The courses are delivered as per the academic guidelines and discussion with its partners.

About NIIT

NIIT is a leading Skills and Talent Development Corporation that is building a manpower pool for global industry requirements. The company, which was set up in 1981 to help the nascent IT industry overcome its human resource challenges, today ranks among the world’s leading training companies owing to its vast and comprehensive array of talent development programs. With a footprint across 40 nations, NIIT offers training and development solutions to Individuals, Enterprises and Institutions. NIIT has three main lines of business across the globe – Global Corporate Business, Global Retail Business Skills and MindChampion Learning Systems Limited. – Courtesy     /       http://www.niit.com/india/training

Amid IT layoffs, BITS Pilani gets jobs for 86 per cent students with highest offer of Rs 60 lakh

Business Today | BT Online   New Delhi | July 18, 2017  |

At a time when India’s IT industry is facing massive layoffs, it has been reported that one of the country’s top engineering colleges BITS Pilani managed to get 86 per cent of the overall batch placed this year with some of its students getting as much as Rs 60 lakh per annum. According to a report in the Economic Times, BITS Pilani secured an average salary of Rs 11.07 lakh against Rs 10.33 lakh last year. “The highest on-campus international package of Rs 60 lakh was offered by Tokyo-based Works Application, one of Japan’s largest enterprise software companies,” the report said. Another Japanese company Daikin offered a package of Rs 59.5 lakh. For domestic roles, the highest salary was Rs 35 lakh which was offered by California based cloud computing software company Nutanix. Other highest payers include Schlumberger (Rs 32 lakh), Arcesium (Rs 29.5 lakh), DE Shaw (Rs 28.5 lakh), Amazon (Rs 27 lakh) and Directi (Rs 26.8 lakh). Chief placement officer-India & Dubai at BITS Pilani University G Balasubramanian told the ET that the university’s three campuses-Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad-saw a total of 646 recruiters, 38 more than the last year. He further said keeping the overall hiring environment in mind, the institute had advanced its placement season by a week across semesters to gain an advantage.

“Attractive slots in the dream week helped us garner a good market share of our key recruiters. Also, shifting our focus on core engineering and analytics in 2017 versus IT in the previous years proved critical in surpassing last year’s numbers,” Balasubramanian was quoted as saying. Earlier in May, software companies like Cognizant, Wipro and Infosys reportedly laid off employees on a massive scale. The move came after the growth in India’s 150-billion dollar IT industry slowed down more than anticipated. Country’s apex trade body ASSOCHAM had warned about industry’s growth prospect in May and said: “Aggravated by rising rupee leading to lower realizations for software exports, the Indian IT firms may be forced to displace work force. In that case, the chances of layoffs are real.” Barely a week after this warning, country’s third largest software services firm Wipro fired hundreds of employees as part of its annual “performance appraisal”. Wipro laid off around 600 employees, while many predicted that number to go as high as 2,000. – Courtesy

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