Odisha govt seeks tie up with Oracle to make tech graduates employable

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With a sizeable pool of engineering and management graduates still ineligible to join the job market each year, the Odisha government is eyeing to partner with Oracle to upgrade their skill sets.

The state government officials have begun talks with the US-based tech bellwether to design training modules and programmes for the technical graduates. The idea is to equip students departing from engineering and management institutions with skills to make them employable.

“Training by Oracle will be demand driven and customised for the students. The objective is to make them industry ready. The job market is in a flux and new technologies are emerging. Our focus is on imparting training in soft skills and artificial intelligence (AI). The programmes will cover students at engineering and management schools and polytechnics and even those pursuing BBA and MCA courses”, said C J Venugopal, principal secretary, electronics & IT (Odisha).

The details of the tie-up with Oracle are being worked out. The training modules will be designed depending on the course targeted.

“Some states already have arrangements with Oracle. They have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoUs). We are also looking to sign MoU with Oracle at the ‘Make in Odisha’ conclave to be held in November”, he added.

Training for the students will be aligned with the market requirements. Though Odisha boasts of a cluster of engineering and management institutions and draws students from elsewhere, the performance of some of them on placements is woeful. Through the collaboration with Oracle and other similar international companies, the state government looks to change this situation.

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