The Hindu Business Line: July, 2010
Chennai: The Oracle Academy has signed an agreement with the ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu (ICTAT) to support ‘professional development' of faculty and help students develop “critical IT skills.”
Through the Oracle Academy programme, the academy will train 640 instructors from over 400 colleges in the State to reach nearly 250,000 students in three years. These instructors in turn will teach other faculty in their region, according to Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Managing Director, Oracle India.
As part of the ‘Introduction to Computer Science' programme, the academy will provide to participating colleges nearly 300 hours of curriculum for database design, programming with PL/SQL; ten weeks of virtual training and five days of instructor-led training for select 240 instructors by July 2011 and access for all faculty and students to a hosted online environment to conduct their regular classes.
The academy is a global Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the $27-billion software major Oracle to provide educational institutions with industry-leading software. Over one million students in 91 countries are enrolled in the Oracle Academy programme. In India, over 58,000 students from nearly 350 educational institutions are currently benefitting from the programme, according to a company press release.
The ICTAT, a consortium of Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu and Confederation of Indian Industry, also has tie ups with Microsoft, Intel, Cognizant, Tata Consultancy Services and Hexaware in various academic areas. The academy under the public-private-partnership was started to train higher education teachers of Tamil Nadu in the areas of Information and Communication technology, said the academy's Vice-President Dr J.G. Sheshasaayee.