THE IBM’S INVITE—Initiative to Nurture a Vibrant Information Technology Ecosystem—in the State was accepted gleefully by the State government on Wednesday when it formally inked a pact with the largest provider of middleware in the world.
INVITE seeks to help universities train students in open standards-based technologies, open source software and IBM technologies to create a larger pool of technical experts from among the students.
What makes the IBM-State government pact important is the fact that under the agreement, the IBM will help in enhancing e-governance and citizen -entric services such as better policing, effective and accessible employment exchange, maintaining land records of revenue department etc.
Munindra Kumar Bhartee, Eco Systems Leader, IBM Software Group,told HT that under the project, the students in various technical and engineering colleges of the state would be encouraged to take up live projects so that they we adequately aware of what was expected of them when they joined an company.
Straightaway, UP Technical University (UPTU) vice-chancellor Prof Prem Vrat,who was present at the function, announced that his varsity would support the IBM initiative and urged the colleges affiliated to it to join the IBM academic initiative.
Prof AK Mitra, director of Babu Banarasi Das National Institute of Technology and Management took the cue and announced that his institute would like to grab the INVITE. Zohra Chatterjee, principal secretary IT, actively involved in INVITE coming to UP, said that the State government would play the role of a facilitator. Project INVITE has already been implemented in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka.
The IBM officials, however, cautioned that unless the State government supported the project actively right through, live e-governance projects would not be possible.
What the IBM officials meant was that under the INVITE, the State government’s IT department provides several e-governance project scenarios. A project (contest) is announced jointly by the IT department and IBM, for students of MCA, M Tech and MBA courses with IBM providing the software and other technical tools to the participating college teams who work under the guidance of a faculty member.
AK Gupta, Industrial Development Commissioner (IDC) who signed the pact on behalf of the State government, assured IBM of the government’s support in the endeavour.
Besides helping the students work on ‘real world projects’, the initiative also fetches students, faculty members and the winning institutions handsome prizes . Secretary, Technical Education, Rajeev Kumar said that he would like the INVITE to be extended to various other engineering institutes outside the UPTU fold.