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IT majors tap undergrads to meet crunch

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 01:57 IST
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Indian software companies are taking the battle for talent to the classrooms of undergraduate colleges and universities, shedding its traditional fascination with engineers and software technologists to address a crying need for workers who write code, stitch up technology solutions and offer consulting services for clients worldwide.

Industry leader Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which plans to recruit about 30,000 employees in the current fiscal year, has begun partnerships with 350 colleges across India to draw graduates from other than engineering or computer programming courses, its officials said on Friday.

Rivals Wipro and Infosys have for sometime been recruiting graduates who are not engineers to bridge their skill shortage, but TCS  has gone deeper by accrediting colleges and recruiting graduates who will be hired after an intensive seven-month residential programme.

Satyam Computer Services has already adopted some 50 colleges where it is training students. It plans to adopt 50 more..

The country needs a total of 2.3 million professionals to meet the $60-billion export revenue target set for 2010 in IT and IT-enabled services, up from the current export figure of $23 billion, according to data from Nasscom (the National Association of Software and Service Companies). The industry now employs around 1.3 million.

More than five lakh engineering and science students graduate every year from more than 1,500 colleges in India. Industry officials say their quality is often found wanting. “Five hundred science graduates are  undergoing the pilot programme at TCS’s Chennai facilities. TCS plans to scale up and make offers to 2,000 science graduates during this academic year,” chief executive S. Ramadorai told reporters.

Bangalore-based 24/7 Customer on Friday announced itwas in talks with more than 100 placement officers from 108 colleges spread over Madurai, Thirunelveli and Tiruchi that are affiliated to the Bharathiar University in Tamil Nadu.
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