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SQL Star knowledge centre in City soon

SQL STAR International Limited, a Hyderabad-based IT training company, has plans to set up knowledge centres across 10 cities, including Indore and Bhopal in the near future.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 15:11 IST

SQL STAR International Limited, a Hyderabad-based IT training company, has plans to set up knowledge centres across 10 cities, including Indore and Bhopal in the near future.

SQL Star operations head Shishir Shrivastav announced the company’s plans from Hyderabad through videoconferencing across seven cities today.

He said that there had always has been a gap between industry needs and education curriculum. Education in India historically had a missing link as any innovation brought into use came into prevalence faster than education adapted to it and brought it into the form of a curriculum.

Resultantly by the time trained manpower is produced for that particular advancement, modern and ever upgrading technology made it obsolete. Those having direct interface with industry alone could estimate its future needs and prepare for it in advance, thereby bridging this gap.

SQL Star CEO Narendra Shukla said that IT was the only industry having a perennial shortage of trained manpower and the quality required from the present workforce left a lot to be desired. The scenario was only comparable to bullion and oil industries as they listed such heavy profits and had a track record of constant escalation and generated employment for the trained professionals. The IT industry in India stood close to 10 billion dollars and it was slated to rise to 60 billion dollars by 2010.

SQL Star, which already had its presence in eight centres across India, having trained one lakh professionals has plans to set up bases in untapped cities like Chandigarh, Lucknow, Vishakhapatnam, Coimbatore, Kochi, Indore, Bhopal, Jaipur, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram.

He said that the company was looking for people who were passionate about education. The industry demand for the right skill sets was very high and the gap was of quality, not quantity. “The reason we have chosen these cities is that there are very few opportunities available to the students here for high quality industry-ready education,” he said.

These centres would be set up within three months by roping in franchisees having a professional profile with an education background. The course on offer would be for students from any field, freshers (including 12th pass-outs) and working professionals.

The faculty would comprise councillors from the industry. The course duration would vary from 250 hours to 300 hours and the fee would range from Rs 23,000 to Rs 43,000.