Indian IT services major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has partnered with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the government body that regulates technical education in the country, to improve the employability of engineers.
Students of more than 10,000 AICTE-approved institutions will receive free access to TCS’ course on its portal with custom-curated digital learning to equip them with career skills, which TCS said was lacking in most graduates, an official statement said today.
TCS said many students miss out on job opportunities despite their strong academic performance because of the lack of basic soft skills like effective communication and interpersonal skills. The company has curated a free, 20-hour long career skills course that will cover topics like corporate etiquette, effective email writing, impactful presentations and IT awareness.
“This will empower the students with career skills to help them stand out in the competitive hiring scenario,” said Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman of AICTE. “The unique course provided by TCS will help improve placement opportunities for our institutions, thereby initiating a strong start to the professional careers of the students.”
IT services firms are among the largest recruiters of engineering graduates in the country with large players hiring more than a lakh freshers every year from the campuses.
Mumbai-based TCS will handle the initiative under TCS iON, a business unit focussed on enabling institutions, government departments and organisations from multiple industry sectors to be efficient in their recruitment/admissions process, learning and skilling and overall business operations with the use of ‘Phygital’ platforms, the company said.
“We run one of the largest recruitment platforms in the world. Candidate data from the past few years has given us deep insights into the gaps in students’ competencies. We would like to participate along with educational institutions in helping students develop better career skills,” said Venguswamy Ramaswamy, global head of TCS iON.
TCS iON's platforms overlay digital technologies over physical assets and deliver it with a unique IT-as-a-service model that provides easy-to-use, secure, integrated and hosted solutions on a pay-as-you-use business model.