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IBM ties up RGTU to provide them with better technique
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IBM signs MoU with RGPV
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Dainik Jagran

IBM, RGTU sign MoU
Hindustan Times

To help students enhance skills in software technologies

Hindustan Times

IBM India and Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (HGTU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here on Wednesday; to help students to enhance their skills in leading-edge software technologies and better position them in the fast changing IT world.

According to the MoU, the IBM India will provide RGTU with training facilities, faculty members, student development initiatives, support for research work and projects of students. The programme aims at bridging the gap between the requirement of the industry and availability of resources. The training programme is going to focus on key areas of Databases and Web Technology.

"Through this programme the faculty will get an opportunity to acquire and reinforce industry specific knowledge, skills and competencies delivered by trained faculty and practicing managers," said Prof Piyush Trivedi, Vice Chancellor, RGTU.

He said as per the MoU, real time live projects support would be provided to students and IBM would also provide software on 100% discounts to the university and all the participating institutions. this association will enable our faculty to remain at the top of next gen technologies, synergize knowledge and liaise with top level technologists from IBM to address the needs of the 21st century workforce and help our students to be better prepared for the industry, the VC maintained.

"This initiative will foster the process of quality technical education in MP and in turn improve the quality of output and improve employability," remarked principal secretary, Technical Education, Seva Ram.

Selected faculty members from 155 engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh (affiliated to RGTU) will undergo IBM's Faculty Development program for specific IBM Software (DB2, Rational, WebSphere and others).

It will be followed by Certification (provided free of cost, and the faculty members will be deemed as "IBM Subject Matter Experts" III the respective area(s) and will be able to train the students in their engineering colleges on various IBM technologies.

"IBM has a long standing relationship with various universities across India. We are very pleased to partner with Rajiv Gandhi Technical University and look forward to working with the faculty on software learning and research projects under The Great Mind Challenge contest," said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager, Academic Initiatives, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM Software.

Students learn a new technique
Nava Dunia

Nava Dunia

IBM to provide colleges with software worth crores
Peoples Samachar

Peoples Samachar

IBM joins RGTU to train students in it
The Pioneer

Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (RGTU) has come up with a MoU with IBM on Tuesday in order to provide better platform for the students with industry-required skills.

According to the MoU, IBM would provide RGTU with training for faculty members, student development initiatives, support for research work and major/minor projects of students. Additionally all the projects submitted by the students under RGTU for IBM's 'The Great Mind Challenge' would be incorporated by the university under its regular curriculum.

'Finish School' at RGPV is a new concept in which curriculum is developed for students to prepare them as per the requirements of industries. The school aims at providing skills both technical and soft skills to people to facilitate their employability and play a part in the supply side issues (of talent) of the industry.

"Through this programme, the faculty will get an opportunity to acquire and reinforce industry specific knowledge, skills and competencies delivered by trained faculty and practicing managers," said Prof Piyush Trivedi, Vice-Chancellor RGTU. In this programme it is also been decided to enter into MoU with IBM for training of faculty and students on various emerging technologies in future, in turn to provide real time live projects support to students and further IBM will also be providing software on 100 per cent discounts to the university and all the participating institutions.

Selected faculty members form 155 engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh (affiliated to RGTU) will undergo IBM's Faculty Development programme for specific IBM Software (DB2, Rational, Web Sphere and others). Post this certification (provided free of cost), these faculty members will be deemed as "IBM Subject Matter Experts" in the respective area(s) and will be able to train the students in their engineering colleges on various IBM technologies.

Commenting on the proposed collaboration with IBM, Prof Trivedi said, "We are proud to collaborate with the leading technology giant such as IBM and this association will enable our faculty to remain at the top of next-generation technologies, synergize knowledge and liaise with top-level technologists from IBM to address the needs of the 21st century workforce.

IBM Opens centers of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra
VARIndia

IBM has extended skills among the students. The collaborations with six colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software collaboration has brought the engineering and technology establishment of a series of has IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world class solutions.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information, Mgmt(l2IT,Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, The students can gain first hand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia, said, "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills - high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration. Students need to be trained not only on next generation technologies but also be prepared to be able to drive innovation. Through the Centers of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take center stage. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Director & Chief Mentor, 121T, "Innovation and R&D plays a strategic role in the business. There is a need for the industry and academia to collaborate to create a multi-cultural ecosystem that stimulates young minds; on one hand acclimatizing them with a culture of innovation and on the other, exposing them to new and emerging technologies. We look forward to joint collaboration with

IBM which will give students an opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level". Dr. Y. V. Joshi, Director, Walchand College of Engineering, said, "Every institute has unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using technology to encourage skill development amongst students and faculty. We are proud to collaborate with IBM to make these innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world n a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enable me nt, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

IBM OPENS CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AT SIX COLLEGES IN MAHARASHTRA

IBM Opens centres of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra
The Pioneer

IBM announced new, extended collaboration programmes with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform to develop software skills among students.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

The collaboration has brought establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products-DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli, as well as develop world class solutions, a release issued here said. IBM will follow a two pronged approach to provide access to colleges in technologies relevant to market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, the release said.

Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning. IBM India/South Asia VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem, Anil Menon, said that "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls. for constant upgrading of skills. Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills on test and allows innovation to take centre stage."

IBM Opens centres of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra

Universities receive IBM software
Sakaal

Sakaal

1. IBM's center of excellence
The Economic Times

IBM on Monday announced new, extended collaboration programmes with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform to develop software skills among students. The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, Pune,Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

2. ibm Opens 6 coes in maharashtra
Business Standard

IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class solutions, a press release issued here said.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, the release said. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centres of learning.

IBM India/South Asia, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem, Anil Menon, said: "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills...Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills on test and allows innovation to take centre stage."

3. IBM Opens centers of excellence at 6 colleges in maharashtra
The Financial Express

IBM announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products--DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli--as well as develop world-class solutions.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught.

4. SMART BYTES Financial Chronicle

Anil Menon VP, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia IBM has entered into extended collaboration programmes with six engineering and technology colleges in Maharashtra. The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with educational institutions to give students the opportunity to put skills on test

5. Testing software skills
The Indian Express

IBM has extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state establishing a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class solutions.

The CoEs in the city are launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering. IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. Students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

6. IBM Opens centers of excellence at 6 colleges in maharashtra
DNA

IBM announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products. These softwares are DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli.It will help develop world-class solutions.

7. IBM to help students to be s/w developers
Ciol.com

IT major IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (CoE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebS unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class solutions, said a press release.

The CoEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM would follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught.

The students could gain first-hand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM would work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP - channel, marketing and ecosystem, IBM India/South Asia, said, "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills - high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration. Students need to be trained not only on next generation technologies but also be prepared to be able to drive innovation."

The colleges would provide infrastructure and high-end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

Dr. Y. V. Joshi, director, Walchand College of Engineering, said the association would give their students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level. The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world - a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills.

Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce, the release added.

8. IBM Opens coe at six colleges in maharashtra
Efytimes.com

IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills amongst the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class solutions, the company explains.

The CoEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain first-hand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP, channel, marketing and ecosystem, IBM India/South Asia, said, "Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take centre stage. We are confident that the CoEs will enable skill set development amongst students for years to come."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high-end systems while IBM will provide the entire software suite free of charge.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, director and chief mentor, I2IT, "Innovation and R&D plays a strategic role in the business. There is a need for the industry and academia to collaborate to create a multi-cultural ecosystem that stimulates young minds; on one hand acclimatizing them with a culture of innovation and on the other, exposing them to new and emerging technologies. We look forward to joint collaboration with IBM which will give students an opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

9. IBM helps students with coes at six colleges
Channeltimes.com

IBM has extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. Under this collaboration, IBM has established a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), allowing students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products: DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli, and develop world class solutions.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (IIT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP (Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem), IBM India/South Asia, said, "Through the Centers of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take center stage. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

10. IBM Opens centres of excellence
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Kesari

11. IBM Opens centres of excellence
Lokmat

Lokmat

12. IBM Opens centres of excellence
Navshakti

Navshakti

13. IBM Opens centres of excellence at colleges
Dinakaran

Dinakaran

14. ibm Opens 6 coes in maharashtra
Channelbusiness.com

IBM has established IBM Centers of Excellence (CoE) at six technology and engineering colleges in Maharashtra.

These educational institutions are Sinhagad Institute of Technology - Pune, International Institute of Information Management - Pune, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering - Pune, Walchand College of Engineering - Sangli and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (NMIMS University) - Mumbai.

CoE is a result of IBM's Academic Initiative that covers 2,000 educational institutes worldwide. Each of these CoEs will help the students to learn skill sets on IBM's software products viz. DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational, and Tivoli. IBM will provide its products as well as training faculty at each center. The colleges will take care of infrastructure and high end systems.

Anil Menon, VP - Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia, said, "The IT world is competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills. Through Centers of Excellence, IBM will give students an opportunity to test and develop their skills."

15. IBM Opens centres of excellence
Education.indiatimes.com

IBM today, announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world class solutions.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, and NMIMS University (Mumbai).

Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing and Ecosystem IBM India/ South Asia, said, "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills - high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration. Students need to be trained not only on next generation technologies but also be prepared to be able to drive innovation. Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take centrestage. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come."

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centres of learning.

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Director and Chief Mentor, I2IT, said, "Innovation and R&D plays a strategic role in the business. There is a need for the industry and academia to collaborate to create a multi-cultural ecosystem that stimulates young minds, acclimatising them to a culture of innovation on one hand, and exposing them to new and emerging technologies on the other. We look forward to joint collaboration with IBM, which will give students an opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative, which covers 2000 colleges and universities around the world - a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

16. IBM Opens centers of excellence (coe) at six colleges in maharashtra
ITvoir.com

IBM has announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world class solutions.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

17. IBM Opens centers of excellence at 6 colleges in maharashtra
Indian Express Online

IBM announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products--DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli--as well as develop world-class solutions.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught.

18. IBM Opens centres of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra
Samaylive.com

IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli--as well as develop world-class solutions, a press release issued here said.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, the release said.

19. IBM Opens centers of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra
ITnewsonline.com

IBM has announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (CoE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli, as well as develop world-class solutions.

The CoEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Management (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM said it will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing and Ecosystem, IBM India/South Asia, said, "The world of IT is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills - high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration. Students need to be trained not only on next generation technologies, but also be prepared to be able to drive innovation. Through the Centers of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take center stage. We are confident that the CoEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high-end systems, while IBM will provide the entire software suite free of charge. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Director and Chief Mentor, I2IT, said, "Innovation and R&D plays a strategic role in the business. There is a need for the industry and academia to collaborate to create a multi-cultural ecosystem that stimulates young minds; on one hand acclimatizing them with a culture of innovation and on the other, exposing them to new and emerging technologies. We look forward to joint collaboration with IBM, which will give students an opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

Dr. Y. V. Joshi, Director, Walchand College of Engineering, said, "Every institute has unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. We are proud to collaborate with IBM to make these innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative, which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world, a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

20. Testing software skills
Expressindia.com

IBM has extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state establishing a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE ) facilitating students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world class solutions. The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world - a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. The COEs in the city are launched at Singahad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT) and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering IBM will provide the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty. The students can gain first hand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

21. IBM Opens centres of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra
24dunia.com

IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class solutions, a press release issued here said.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, the release said. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centres of learning.

IBM India/South Asia, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem, Anil Menon, said: "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills...Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills on test and allows innovation to take centre stage."

22. IBM Opens centers of excellence at 6 colleges in maharashtra
Silobreaker.com

IBM announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products--DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli--as well as develop world-class solutions.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught.

23. IBM Opens centers of exxellence at six colleges in maharashtra
Consumerinfoline.com

IBM has announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world class solutions.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia, said, "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills - high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration. Students need to be trained not only on next generation technologies but also be prepared to be able to drive innovation. Through the Centers of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take center stage. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Director & Chief Mentor, I2IT, "Innovation and R&D plays a strategic role in the business. There is a need for the industry and academia to collaborate to create a multi-cultural ecosystem that stimulates young minds; on one hand acclimatizing them with a culture of innovation and on the other, exposing them to new and emerging technologies. We look forward to joint collaboration with IBM which will give students an opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level".

Dr. Y. V. Joshi, Director, Walchand College of Engineering, said, "Every institute has unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. We are proud to collaborate with IBM to make these innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

23. IBM OPENS CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AT SIX COLLEGES IN MAHARASHTRA
Consumerinfoline.com

IBM has announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across the state of Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world class solutions.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach: providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centers of learning.

Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia, said, "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills - high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration. Students need to be trained not only on next generation technologies but also be prepared to be able to drive innovation. Through the Centers of Excellence, IBM works closely with the educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allows innovation to take center stage. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Director & Chief Mentor, I2IT, "Innovation and R&D plays a strategic role in the business. There is a need for the industry and academia to collaborate to create a multi-cultural ecosystem that stimulates young minds; on one hand acclimatizing them with a culture of innovation and on the other, exposing them to new and emerging technologies. We look forward to joint collaboration with IBM which will give students an opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level".

Dr. Y. V. Joshi, Director, Walchand College of Engineering, said, "Every institute has unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. We are proud to collaborate with IBM to make these innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, to further refine these technologies by taking it to the next level."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

25. IBM Sets up coes in mah colleges
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IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges in Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students through establishment of a series of Centres of Excellence (CoEs).

These centres would offer students a unique opportunity to learn new skills on the IBM software products like DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli as well as develop world class solutions, IBM said in a release here.

The COEs were launched at Singahad Institute of Technology (Pune), Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli), International Institute of Information Mgmt (I2IT, Pune), Maharashtra Academy of Engineering (Pune) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University (Mumbai).

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach-- providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught.

The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state, leveraging the selected institutes as centres of learning.

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM is providing the entire software suite free of charge.

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to drive evolving open standards-based IT skills.

Under the initiative, IBM partners, closely with the local government and academia, will to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development and help India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

26. IBM ces at 6 colleges in maharashtra
Mb4education.com

IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products--DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli--as well as develop world-class solutions, a press release issued here said.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, the release said.

Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centres of learning.

IBM India/South Asia, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem, Anil Menon, said that "the world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills...through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills on test and allows innovation to take centre stage."

27. IBM Opens centres of excellence at six colleges in maharashtra
Newstin.co.uk

IBM today announced new and extended collaborations with six engineering and technology colleges across Maharashtra to provide a platform for development of software skills among students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill-sets on the IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class solutions, a press release issued here said.

The CoEs were launched at Sinhagad Institute of Technology, International Institute of Information Mgmt and Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, all in Pune, Walchand College of Engineering (Sangli) and Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, NMIMS University, Mumbai.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach of providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market and with training faculty to ensure that right skills are taught, the release said. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Maharashtra, leveraging the selected institutes as centres of learning.

IBM India/South Asia, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem, Anil Menon, said: "The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills...Through the Centres of Excellence, IBM works closely with educational institutions in India to give students the opportunity to put skills on test and allows innovation to take centre stage."

28. IBM Centers of Excellence Launched, Hindustan Times

To provide platform for development of software skills among students

IBM on Thursday launched three centers of excellence at Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore, Government College, Jabalpur and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain.

The centers were launched following collaboration with the three engineering and technology colleges in Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products - D82, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop world-class business solutions.

A spokesperson for the company said here that IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market while ensuring that the right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience or the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning.

"Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers,"said Anil Menon, vice president Channel Marketing and Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia in a statement issued her IBM is establishing Centre of Excellence to promote high quality education by providing state of-the-art and emerging technologies in colleges/universities with the objective of nurturing highly skilled computer professionals, he said. The colleges will provide infra-structure and high end systems while IBM will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

Speaking on the occasion SVITS Indore principal Dr Rajeev Vishwakanna said, "The centers will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take centre stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging technologies." He said they were are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come and are proud to collaborate with IBM to make innovation ideas possible. The association will give students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world, he added.

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative, which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world. Under the initiative, IBM partners with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development.

29. IBM Opens CoEs in MP Colleges - Business Standard

Global technology major IBM has opened centers of excellence (CoEs) in three engineering and technology colleges in Madhya Pradesh to offer new skill-sets on IBM software products like DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli to students free of cost.

30. IBM Opens Center of Excellence at Three Colleges in MP - Samay Live

IBM today announced new and extended collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence, creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli - as well as develop business solutions, the company said in a statement.

The Centers of Excellence were launched at Government College, Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science, Indore, and Mahakal Institute of Technology, Ujjain.

31. IBM Opens CoEs at 3 Colleges in MP to Develop Software Skills - ITnewsonline.com

IBM has announced new and extended collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli, as well as develop world-class business solutions. The CoEs were launched at Government College Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain.

IBM said it will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market, while ensuring the right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning.

"Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers," said Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing and Ecosystem, IBM India/South Asia. "The dynamic world of IT requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value. IBM is establishing the Centers of Excellence to promote high quality education by providing state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in colleges/universities with the objective of nurturing highly skilled computer professionals."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems, while IBM will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

Dr. P. K. Jhinge, Principal, Government Engineering College, Jabalpur, said, "The need of the hour is to nurture an innovation culture among students. It is essential that the youngsters mind is seeded with the idea that 'Innovation takes the lead'. All institutes have very unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using the technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. IBM centers of excellence will give students the requisite exposure to gen-next technologies and go beyond the stereotypical." Dr. Rajeev Vishwa Karma, Principal, SVITS Indore, said, "The Centers of Excellence will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take center stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging technologies. We are confident that the CoEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come and are proud to collaborate with IBM to make innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world."

The CoEs are an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative, which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world, a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

32. IBM Opens Coe at Three Colleges in MP - Ciol.com

IBM, an IT service provider, today announced new and extended collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills for the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli as well as develop world-class business solutions, said a press release.

The COEs were launched at Government College Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain.

IBM would follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market while ensuring the right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus.

Through this initiative, IBM would work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning.

"Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers. The dynamic world of information technology requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value," said Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing, Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia.

He added that IBM is establishing Centre of Excellence to promote high quality education by providing state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in colleges/universities with the objective of nurturing highly skilled computer professionals.

The colleges would provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM would extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

Dr. P.K. Jhinge, Principal, Government Engineering College, Jabalpur said, "The need of the hour is to nurture an innovation culture among students. It is essential that the youngsters mind is seeded with the idea that "Innovation takes the lead". All institutes have very unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using the technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. IBM centers of excellence will give students the requisite exposure to gen-next technologies and go beyond the stereotypes."

Dr. Rajeev Vishwa Karma, Principal, SVITS Indore said, "The Centers of Excellence will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take center stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging technologies. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come and are proud to collaborate with IBM to make innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving and evolving open standards-based IT skills.

Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce, the release added.

33. IBM Opens Centers of Excellence to Drive Innovation in Software Skills - ITVoir.com

IBM has announced its tie-ups with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students.

The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli as well as develop world-class business solutions.

The COEs were launched at Government College Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain. The colleges will facilitate world class infrastructure and high end systems while IBM will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia opined that IBM is establishing Centre of Excellence to promote high quality education by providing state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in colleges/universities with the objective of nurturing highly skilled computer professionals.

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world. It¡¯s a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills.

34. IBM Opens Centers of Excellence at 3 Colleges in Madhya Pradesh - Siliconindia.com

IBM has announced collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), providing opportunity for students to learn skill sets on IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli.

The COEs were launched at Government College, Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain. The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM will extend its range of software suite free of charge. IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning. Anil Menon, Vice President Channel, Marketing and Ecosystem at IBM India/South Asia said, "Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers. The world of information technology requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world. IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software. Dr. Rajeev Vishwa Karma, Principal, SVITS Indore said, "The Centers of Excellence will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take center stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging

35. IBM Opens Centers of Excellence in Madhya Pradesh - EFYTimes.com

The CoEs launched at Government College Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain.

IBM has announced new and extended collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills amongst the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centres of Excellence (CoE), creating an opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli as well as develop world-class business solutions.

The CoEs were launched at Government College Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market while ensuring the right skills are taught. The students can gain first-hand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning.

"Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers," said Anil Menon, VP, channel, marketing and ecosystem, IBM India/South Asia. "The dynamic world of information technology requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value. IBM is establishing CoE to promote high-quality education by providing state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in colleges/universities with the objective of nurturing highly skilled computer professionals."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high-end systems while IBM will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

36. IBM Opens Centers of Excellence at 3 Colleges in Madhya Pradesh - Siliconindia Tweetme.com

IBM has announced collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), providing opportunity for students to learn skill sets on IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli.

The COEs were launched at Government College, Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain. The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM will extend its range of software suite free of charge. IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning. Anil Menon, Vice President Channel, Marketing and Ecosystem at IBM India/South Asia said, "Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers. The world of information technology requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world. IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software. Dr. Rajeev Vishwa Karma, Principal, SVITS Indore said, "The Centers of Excellence will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take center stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging technologies."

37. IBM Opens Centers of Excellence at 3 Colleges in Madhya Pradesh - Smarttechie.com

IBM has announced collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), providing opportunity for students to learn skill sets on IBM software products - DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli.

The COEs were launched at Government College, Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain. The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM will extend its range of software suite free of charge. IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning. Anil Menon, Vice President Channel, Marketing and Ecosystem at IBM India/South Asia said, "Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers. The world of information technology requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world. IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software. Dr. Rajeev Vishwa Karma, Principal, SVITS Indore said, "The Centers of Excellence will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take center stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging technologies."

38. IBM Opens Coe at Three Colleges in Madhya Pradesh - Consumerinfoline.com

IBM has announced new and extended collaboration with three engineering and technology colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh to provide a platform for development of software skills among the students. The collaboration has brought the establishment of a series of IBM Centers of Excellence (COE), creating a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software products DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, Rational and Tivoli as well as develop world-class business solutions.

The COEs were launched at Government College Jabalpur, Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science (SVITS), Indore and Mahakal Institute of Technology (MIT), Ujjain.

IBM will follow a two-pronged approach, providing the colleges with access to technologies relevant to the market while ensuring the right skills are taught. The students can gain firsthand experience of the software products that are installed at the campus. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Madhya Pradesh, leveraging the selected colleges as centers of learning.

"Organizations are not looking for nuts-and-bolts programmers and easy-to-document support workers," said Anil Menon, VP Channel, Marketing & Ecosystem IBM India/South Asia, "The dynamic world of information technology requires talents to have a strong technology background supported by sharp business acumen and to be able to architect and implement IT plans to create high business value. IBM is establishing Centre of Excellence to promote high quality education by providing state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in colleges/universities with the objective of nurturing highly skilled computer professionals."

The colleges will provide infrastructure and high end systems while IBM will extend its entire range of software suite free of charge.

Dr. P.K. Jhinge, Principal, Government Engineering College, Jabalpur said, "The need of the hour is to nurture an innovation culture among students. It is essential that the youngsters mind is seeded with the idea that "Innovation takes the lead". All institutes have very unique ideas on how they think technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using the technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. IBM centers of excellence will give students the requisite exposure to gen-next technologies and go beyond the stereotypical."

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajeev Vishwa Karma, Principal, SVITS Indore said, "The Centers of Excellence will give students the opportunity to put skills to test and allow innovation to take center stage by providing exposure to leading and emerging technologies. We are confident that the COEs will enable skill set development among students for years to come and are proud to collaborate with IBM to make innovation ideas possible. The association will give our students the opportunity to partner with some of the best minds across the world."

The COE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world - a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators¡¯ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

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IBM Establishes Centres of Excellence in Chaziabad
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Centres at Academy of Business and Engineering Sciences and HR Group of Institutions to train faculty and students on IBM technologies.

IBM has announced the launch of Software Centers of Excellence (CoE) at the Academy of Business and Engineering Sciences (ABES), and HR Group of Institutions (HRGI), Ghaziabad.  IBM India has now established three CoEs in Ghaziabad, aimed at improving the quality of technical education by providing support, resources, professional training, certification and skills in open standards.

Malathi Srinivasan, Country Leader – IBM Academic Initiative said, “As an industry leader, IBM believes in continually enhancing our extensive academic ecosystem. Through these partnerships, we will work closely with the faculty in providing an industry relevant education that will build a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. Students, while in college, will be able to complete their certifications from the COEs and improve their employment prospects”.

ABES and HRGI have already undertaken three training workshops each – two on DB2 and one on RAD (Rational Application Development) including one faculty development program ABES currently has 196 students and 55 faculty members certified in IBM technology while HRGI has completed 163 certifications including 42 faculty members. Neeraj Goel, General Secretary, ABES said, “We believe in providing our students with knowledge and experience on the latest technology platforms and software before they graduate. Exposing them to IBM’s software will make them job-ready, and confident to be fully productive and more employable.” Anil Agrawal, Chairman, HRGI said, “Alliances with technology leaders like IBM, not only enables students to be industry-ready but also provides a platform for them to work on new applications and solutions. It also helps faculty members upgrade their knowledge skill sets for training future batches.” 

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More than 200 students from each of the institutions had registered in The Great Mind Challenge contest, conducted by IBM

IBM has announced the launch of Software Centers of Excellence (CoE) at the Academy of Business and Engineering Sciences (ABES), and HR Group of Institutions (HRGI), Ghaziabad. IBM India has now established three CoEs in Ghaziabad, aimed at improving the quality of technical education by providing support, resources, professional training, certification and skills in open standards. Speaking on the occasion, Malathi Srinivasan, Country Leader – IBM Academic Initiative said, “As an industry leader, IBM believes in continually enhancing our extensive academic ecosystem. Through these partnerships, we will work closely with the faculty in providing an industry relevant education that will build a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. Students, while in college, will be able to complete their certifications from the COEs and improve their employment prospects”.

ABES and HRGI have already undertaken three training workshops each – two on DB2 and one on RAD (Rational Application Development) including one faculty development program ABES currently has 196 students and 55 faculty members certified in IBM technology while HRGI has completed 163 certifications including 42 faculty members. Shri Neeraj Goel, General Secretary, ABES said, “We believe in providing our students with knowledge and experience on the latest technology platforms and software before they graduate. Exposing them to IBM’s software will make them job-ready, and confident to be fully productive and more employable.” Chairman, HRGI, Er. Anil Agrawal said, “Alliances with technology leaders like IBM, not only enables students to be industry-ready but also provides a platform for them to work on new applications and solutions. It also helps faculty members upgrade their knowledge skill sets for training future batches.”  More than 200 students from each of the institutions had registered in The Great Mind Challenge contest, conducted by IBM. This contest provides the engineering students an opportunity for hands-on experience on IBM Software by working on real world scenarios. Over the past years, many students from these Universities have been recognized for their projects. Currently, IBM has 150 Centres of Excellence in 21 states – spread across more than 100 locations in India. IBM has partnered with the government and academia to create centres that feature access to IBM software course material, training, curriculum development and certifications.

IBM Establishes Centres of Excellence in Ghaziabad
Moneycontrol.com

Centres at Academy of Business and Engineering Sciences and HR Group of Institutions to train faculty and students on IBM technologies.

IBM has announced the launch of Software Centers of Excellence (CoE) at the Academy of Business and Engineering Sciences (ABES), and HR Group of Institutions (HRGI), Ghaziabad.  IBM India has now established three CoEs in Ghaziabad, aimed at improving the quality of technical education by providing support, resources, professional training, certification and skills in open standards. Malathi Srinivasan, Country Leader – IBM Academic Initiative said, “As an industry leader, IBM believes in continually enhancing our extensive academic ecosystem. Through these partnerships, we will work closely with the faculty in providing an industry relevant education that will build a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. Students, while in college, will be able to complete their certifications from the COEs and improve their employment prospects”.

ABES and HRGI have already undertaken three training workshops each – two on DB2 and one on RAD (Rational Application Development) including one faculty development program ABES currently has 196 students and 55 faculty members certified in IBM technology while HRGI has completed 163 certifications including 42 faculty members. Neeraj Goel, General Secretary, ABES said, “We believe in providing our students with knowledge and experience on the latest technology platforms and software before they graduate. Exposing them to IBM’s software will make them job-ready, and confident to be fully productive and more employable.” Anil Agrawal, Chairman, HRGI said, “Alliances with technology leaders like IBM, not only enables students to be industry-ready but also provides a platform for them to work on new applications and solutions. It also helps faculty members upgrade their knowledge skill sets for training future batches.”

1. SLIIT partners IBM Sri Lanka

Publication: Daily News
Date: 26th August 2009

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SLIIT partners IBM Sri Lanka

2. SLIIT IBM Partnership to Provide Industry Needs in SL

Publication: Daily Mirror
Date: 26th August 2009

SLIIT IBM Partnership to Provide Industry Needs In SL

Engineering Oscars
Dataquest

The initiatives from Google and IBM were an opportunity for engineering students to showcase their talent.

Engineering Oscars Dataquest

There is no dearth of avail-ability of talent in engineering colleges of India. But it is largely the lack of large scale initiative from the industry that prohibits the youngsters in these colleges to showcase them at appropriate forums. Unlike the universities in the US, where 'innovation' is the underlying theme of all engineering colleges, the Indian counterpart has somehow not lived up to expectations.

Two recent initiatives, one by Google and other by IBM, are a welcome effort to fill that gap. The two were large scale initiatives involving several colleges across India. While Google's mission was to augment product engineering skill sets, IBM's idea was to provide student programmers with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under testing real-time situations.

Google Prodigy

Called 'The Google India Product Engineering Competition' it was a four stage process starting with students invited to submit white papers and synopsis and basic codes and prototypes for each project submit-ted. This was followed by short listed entries on the product development phase, submissions of final products, and finally, evaluation.

The idea was to provide a form to college students to innovate, design, and create products which are in tune with Google's main agenda of organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful. There were six themes around which students were expected to innovate-mobile solutions, reaching emerging users, leveraging geographical data and maps, harnessing social networks, smart information retrieval, enabling NGO/SMB for operational expansion.

The competition, which is into the second yea~ is aimed at computer science students from the top seventy-five engineering colleges in India. The team size in the competition was limited to two to five students. The selection of winners was based on their innovation, feasibility, applicability, development, and design elements such as user interfaces, extensibility. The winning team were given an award of Rs 3,50,000.

IBM's Great Mind Challenge 2008

Nearly 50,000 students from 1,400 colleges participated. About 1,050 projects were submitted and twenty emerged as winners. A total of more than 400 workshops were conducted on the software products around the country in 2008. The winning team from KLN College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, Web-sphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named 'City without Crime.' The winning team developed an online crime reporting system to en-gage public, NOOs, police, and government agencies to be more quick, proactive, and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

Simultaneously, IBM also announced 'The Great Mind Challenge' for the year 2009. This competition is aimed at providing hands-on experience to participants on IBM software products. IBM mentors will work together with the college faculty and the students throughout the program. This year's competition is planned to be more extensive than previous years. The registrations for the challenge started in May and will end by) December 2009. TOMC 2009's website (https://tgmc.in/) has been revamped with more collaborative opportunities for participating students. The top five project teams will have an opportunity to present before key IBM India software lab executives. In case there is any chance of any project with commercial viability, IBM intends to help the students find sponsors for taking the selected projects live.

IBM Academic Initiative is also part of this exercise, wherein it will offer workshops and certification programs on various technologies like SOA, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, and IBM Community Edition Software.

And the Winners are...

The Google India Product Engineering Competition:

IBM's Great Mind Challenge 2008 (TGMC 2008):

They're brilliant,mind it!
The times of India

The Times of India

Noida plus caught up with the students who won IBM's 'The great mind challenge 2008' contest. A report...

They sifted and sieved after reaching the remotest Engineering MCA colleges across India to find a 'superstar' in XML. And finally they announced the winners. A premier national contest launched by IBM in 24 States in India nationwide since 2004, The Great Mind Challenge (TGMC) is open to all engineering and MCA colleges. The contest focuses on enabling technical institutes to nurture students to become part of a competitive workforce by arming them with market ready skills. It also aims to provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-base IT tools from IBM in complex real time situations.

Explains Himanshu Goyal, Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India / South Asia, "The Great Mind challenge promotes students from engineering colleges from across India in their endeavor to develop solutions, for real-time problems and scenarios using IBM open source software. It is aimed to encourage students who aspire to make key contributions to develop applications on cutting-edge IBM technologies while providing them with an opportunity to improve their software writing skills."

The Challenge in 2008 was themed around "Search for XML Superstar". Mentors from IBM along with the' college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the program. TGMC 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from nearly 1400 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 1050 project submissions out of emerged 20 winners. The winners and the 1st runner up were awarded Lenovo laptops, certificates and trophies. Whereas the teams ranked 3-5 were awarded iTouch gadgets. The rest of the winning teams received Digital cameras along with certificates. The top 3 colleges were, KLN College of Engineering, Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida, Uttar Pradesh and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Interacting with the winners Ankit Kumar, Anchal Agarwal, Ankit Agarwal and Sarvagya Mishra, the Noida Plus team gathered their experiences and thoughts: Says Ankit Kumar, "The experience was different. It gave a different approach to learning". Adds Ankit Agrawal, "When you compete at a national level you challenge your limits, push your self to extremes and deliver your best."

Madurai students win "battle of minds"
The Hindu

Students of KLN College of Engineering explaining the project which bagged them the first place in Madurai on Monday.

Madurai: In what was a battle of great minds, final year Electronics and Communication Engineering students of KLN College of Engineering here romped home winning 'The Great Mind Challenge 2009'. IBM conducts this national level contest across 24 states since 2004. The contest is held under the company's Academic Initiative programmes aimed to provide student programmers a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.

The Hindu

The awesome foursome of L.R. Sriprasanth, L.G. Kannan, S.V. Balaji and S. S. Senthil took the battle and competed with 50,000 students in 14,000 teams where each team came out with a project scenario. The team calling themselves Ambidextrous worked on the project titled E-Cops: City Without Crime. The project involved developing an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, police, government agencies and non- governmental organizations to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight against crime and criminals.

The theme for the 2008 challenge was 'Search for XML Superstar'. The theme enables participants to get hands-on experience on IBM software products, and Eclipse on Open Source on a Linux platform. Project guide Satish Kannan worked closely with the students throughout the programme.

Discussing the project here on Monday, the students said that the aim of the project was to improve the communication between the police and citizens with better levels of anonymity and to establish a virtual police station and overcome the difficulties in tracking the progress of the cases filed online. Incidence of crimes could be tracked through navigation process based on the pin codes as soon as it gets reported online.

Himanshu Goyal, Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM Software Group, New Delhi told The Hindu that this initiative was to identify raw talent and give an opportunity to develop competitive skills with latest technological developments to meet the corporate world and real life situations. When asked about the regional context of the challenge, he said, southern States do have an advantage because of the better concentration of engineering colleges but other States are also catching up. Moreover the South does have a good relationship with IT industry. The winners and the first runners-up from JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida, and second runners-up Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, were felicitated at an awards ceremony in Bangalore recently.

The same team won last years challenge - 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration'- that aimed to help maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens. Citizens can request for birth, community, income certificates and ration card online as well. It will help expedite retrieval and processing of information.

Kln college of engineering bags great mind challenge award again
The new Indian express

For the second year in succession, the students of KLN College of Engineering, Pottapalayam, near here, have won the Great Mind Challenge contest conducted by IBM for the year 2008. The IBM launched this nationwide contest in 2004, focusing on nurturing the students to become part of a competitive work force by arming them with market ready skills.

The team of ECE students of the college which bagged the same award for their project 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration' in 2007 had bagged the award again for 2008 for their project 'City without crime' designed to create paperless police stations in order to help both the public and the police.

"Presently, people have to go to the police stations in order to check the progress of their complaint. The project we have developed allows the law enforcing agencies to reallocate resources and secure police reports through a web module," team member S S Senthil explained.

Using the system developed by the team, a case registered at one police station can be tracked at any other stat ions located anywhere in the State even at the senior most official's workplace, according to the team members.

Since it provides information on missing persons and instant reports on crimes and criminals as well as the status of investigation to the public, it can improve the relations between the police and the public, they claimed. In order to localise the project, the team had designed it both in Tamil and English. The complainants can locate an area where a crime occurred even by using this module. Police officers need not maintain paper records any more which was really a time consuming job. Centralised data preservation is possible through the project which ensures all the security elements including bio metric authentication for each of them using their fingerprints.

According to L G Kannan, another member of the team,. they had started working on the project in May 2008 along with more than 30 teams from other departments of the college. After selecting the project in December, their team was shortlisted as one of the top 320 teams from a total of 14,000 teams from various colleges in the country. After an online demonstration, they were again shortlisted into the top 20 teams and finally were awarded with the champion's award in a function held in Ban galore recently. Another team from the same department also had made their entry into the top 20 list.

"The guidance of Satheesh Kannan, Senior Web master and data. Entry advisor of KLN IT Services was very helpful in the successful completion of the project", said L R Sri Prasanth of the team.

IBM announces the great mind challenge 2009
Express computer

Under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions, using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, IBM has announced The Great Mind Challenge 2009 - a contest.

IBM also declared the KLN College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winner, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational, and WebSphere and Eclipse, which runs on Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students enabling them throughout the program.

At the felicitation ceremony, Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager- Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization IBM Software India/South Asia said "There is no doubt that the industry requires more adaptive innovators - people who have deep proficiency in a specific area, say engineering but at the same time comfortable in soft skills as well. This is primarily because the work environment is increasingly becoming collaborative. The IBM Great Mind Challenge is a platform for students to enhance and showcase their software writing skills besides acquiring skills on being an adaptive innovator. TGMC provides students with the opportunity to work on next-gen technologies, thus preparing them for a smarter planet."

TGMC 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from 1400 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 1050 project submissions out of emerged 20 winners. A total of 400 plus workshops were conducted on the software products around the country in 2008 The winning team from KLN College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime. The team developed an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 has been planned to be more extensive than previous years. The registrations for the challenge will commence in May and the challenge will conclude by December 2009. TGMC 2009 will see a revamped Web site and activities on social networking Web sites and college campuses. The top five project teams will get the opportunity to present their project to key executives from the IBM India Software Lab. Depending on the commercial viability of the projects; IBM will help the students find sponsors for taking these projects live.

"This year the top 20 projects will be put on the Internet to be used without charge by end users and IBM Business Partners. These are also made available to the government agencies, solution providers and academia for feedback, which helps further develop the solutions designed by the participating students." Goyal added.

Apart from this, the IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, and IBM Community Edition Software.

K.L.N. college of engineering wins IBM's The great mind challenge
Trinity Mirror

Trinity Mirror

IBM in collaboration with its business partners announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2009" - a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Intiative programs that provide students programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. IBM also declared K.L.MN. college of engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winners, JSS Academy of technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar college of engineering, Maduria, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The winning team from K.LN. College of Engineering worked on toots such as DB2, RatiQnal Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts. Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime. The team developed an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

IBM holds competition for students
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IBM - recipient of the great mind challenge - 2008 award
Vaartha

Vaartha

IBM's education wing has introduced Great Mind Challenge - 2009 (TGMC 2009) to the engineering students. Also, it has handed over awards of winners of the 2008 challenge to participants from various colleges in the State viz., KLN Engg College, JSS Technical Institute, Thyagaraja Engg. College and Noida College. As per IBM sources, TGMC 2008 was a huge success wherein around 50000 students from more than 1400 colleges participated across the country. It was also clarified that 1050 projects were submitted by the participants during the 2008 event and of these only 20 were declared winners. And also that in 2008, more than 400 pan-India workshops were conducted on software productions. One of the winners was KLN Engg College, for debating and several project submissions related to rational application development, web sphere application. In this awards ceremony, IBM software division Country Manager Himanshu Goel had participated and felicitated the winners. IBM has further clarified that TGMC 2009 will start soon and requested that those interested may please submit their projects before December 2009.

IBM's great challenge
The pioneer

The IBM in collaboration with its business partners has announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2009', a pioneering contest under the company's academic initiative programmes which provides student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards based IT tools, under grueling real time situations. The programme enables participants to get a hands-on experience on the IBM software products.

IBM contest for colleges
Indian express

IBM's premier national contest held across 24 states in India since 2004 is now open to engineering and MCA colleges. The Great Mind Challenge (TGMQ focuses on helping students of technical institutes become part of a competitive workforce by arming them with market skills. It also aims to provide student programmers with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools from IBM.

IBM's the great mind challenge 2009 soon
Rajasthan Patrika

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IBM announces great mind challenge 2009
Financial express

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IBM in collaboration with its business partners on Wednesday announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2009"- a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under gruelling real time situations.

IBM also declared the KLN College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winners, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational and WebSphere; and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme.

TGMC 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from 1400 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 1050 project submissions out of emerged 20 winners. A total of 400 plus workshops were conducted on the software products around the country in 2008 The winning team from K.L.N. College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime. The team developed an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 has been planned to be more extensive than previous years. The registrations for the challenge will commence in May and the challenge will conclude by December 2009. TGMC 2009 wills see a revamped website and activities on social networking websites and college campuses. The top five project teams will get the opportunity to present their project to key executives from the IBM India Software Lab. Depending on the commercial viability of the projects; IBM will help the students find sponsors for taking these projects live.

"This year the top 20 projects will be put on the internet to be used without charge by end users and IBM Business Partners. These are also made available to the government agencies, solution providers and academia for feedback, which helps further develop the solutions designed by the participating students." Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager- Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization IBM Software India/South Asia said.

Apart from this, the IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, and IBM Community Edition Software

IBM announces great mind challenge 2009
Indian express

IBM in collaboration with its business partners on Wednesday announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2009"- a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under gruelling real time situations.

IBM also declared the KLN College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winners, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational and WebSphere; and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme.

TGMC 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from 1400 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 1050 project submissions out of emerged 20 winners. A total of 400 plus workshops were conducted on the software products around the country in 2008 The winning team from K.L.N. College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime. The team developed an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 has been planned to be more extensive than previous years. The registrations for the challenge will commence in May and the challenge will conclude by December 2009. TGMC 2009 wills see a revamped website and activities on social networking websites and college campuses. The top five project teams will get the opportunity to present their project to key executives from the IBM India Software Lab. Depending on the commercial viability of the projects; IBM will help the students find sponsors for taking these projects live.

"This year the top 20 projects will be put on the internet to be used without charge by end users and IBM Business Partners. These are also made available to the government agencies, solution providers and academia for feedback, which helps further develop the solutions designed by the participating students." Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager- Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization IBM Software India/South Asia said.

Apart from this, the IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, and IBM Community Edition Software.

IBM announces "the great mind challenge 2009"
New Indian express

IBM in collaboration with its business partners today announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2009"- a contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provides student programmers with an op-portunity to develop solutions using open standards-based IT tools. IBM also declared the KLN College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winners, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first run-ners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The "Great Mind Challenge 2009" will give the participants an oppor-tunity to deal with IBM software products including Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational and WebSphere; and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform.

IBM initiates open standards-based programs
CIOL.com

IT major IBM in collaboration with its business partners today announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2009"- a contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.

IBM also declared the K.L.N. College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winners, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational and WebSphere; and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform, said a press release.

Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students enabling them throughout the program.

Himanshu Goyal, country manager, Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization IBM Software India/South Asia said, "There is no doubt that the industry requires more adaptive innovators- people who have deep proficiency in a specific area, say engineering but at the same time comfortable in soft skills as well. This is primarily because the work environment is increasingly becoming collaborative."

He further added that the IBM Great Mind Challenge is a platform for students to enhance and showcase their software writing skills besides acquiring skills on being an adaptive innovator. TGMC provides students with the opportunity to work on next-gen technologies, thus preparing them for a smarter planet.

The winning team from K.L.N. College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime.

The IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, and IBM Community Edition Software, added the release.

IBM announces 'the great mind challenge 2009' in INDIA
ITnewsonline.com

IBM, in collaboration with its business partners, has announced in India "The Great Mind Challenge 2009", a contest under the IBM Academic Initiative that provide student programmers with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real-time situations.

IBM also announced the winners of The Great Mind Challenge 2008. K. L. N. College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu took the first place with JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational and WebSphere; and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students enabling them throughout the program.

Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization, IBM Software India/South Asia, said, "There is no doubt that the industry requires more adaptive innovators - people who have deep proficiency in a specific area, say engineering but at the same time comfortable in soft skills as well. This is primarily because the work environment is increasingly becoming collaborative. The IBM Great Mind Challenge is a platform for students to enhance and showcase their software writing skills besides acquiring skills on being an adaptive innovator. The Great Mind Challenge provides students with the opportunity to work on next-generation technologies, thus preparing them for a smarter planet."

The Great Mind Challenge 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from 1400 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 1050 project submissions out of emerged 20 winners. A total of 400 plus workshops were conducted on the software products around the country in 2008.

The winning team from K.L.N. College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime. The team developed an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 has been planned to be more extensive than previous years. The registrations for the challenge will commence in May and the challenge will conclude by December 2009. The 2009 challenge wills see a revamped Web site and activities on social networking Web sites and college campuses. The top five project teams will get the opportunity to present their project to key executives from the IBM India Software Lab. Depending on the commercial viability of the projects; IBM will help the students find sponsors for taking these projects live.

"This year the top 20 projects will be put on the Internet to be used without charge by end users and IBM Business Partners. These are also made available to the government agencies, solution providers and academia for feedback, which helps further develop the solutions designed by the participating students," added Goyal.

The IBM Academic Initiative offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere and IBM Community Edition Software.

IBM announces great mind challenge 2009
Expressindia.com

IBM in collaboration with its business partners on Wednesday announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2009"- a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under gruelling real time situations.

IBM also declared the KLN College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as the winners, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Noida as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu as the second runners up for the 2008 challenge.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus, Rational and WebSphere; and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme.

TGMC 2008 had nearly 50,000 students from 1400 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 1050 project submissions out of emerged 20 winners. A total of 400 plus workshops were conducted on the software products around the country in 2008 The winning team from K.L.N. College of Engineering worked on tools such as DB2, Rational Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Struts, Ajax, XML and J2EE to develop a project named City without Crime. The team developed an online comprehensive crime reporting system to engage public, NGOs, police and government agencies to be more quick, proactive and responsive to fight with crime and criminals.

The Great Mind Challenge 2009 has been planned to be more extensive than previous years. The registrations for the challenge will commence in May and the challenge will conclude by December 2009. TGMC 2009 wills see a revamped website and activities on social networking websites and college campuses. The top five project teams will get the opportunity to present their project to key executives from the IBM India Software Lab. Depending on the commercial viability of the projects; IBM will help the students find sponsors for taking these projects live.

"This year the top 20 projects will be put on the internet to be used without charge by end users and IBM Business Partners. These are also made available to the government agencies, solution providers and academia for feedback, which helps further develop the solutions designed by the participating students". Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager- Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization IBM Software India/South Asia said.

Apart from this, the IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, and IBM Community Edition Software.

Headline - IBM announces 'The great mind challenge 2008'
The Financial Express

IBM in collaboration with its business partners announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2008' - a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.

It also declared the winners for the 2007 challenge - K.L.N. College of Engineering and the runners up from Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Gujarat and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu were felicitated at an awards ceremony in Mumbai on Tuesday.

The Challenge in 2008 will be themed around 'Search for XML Superstar'. This will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme.

A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

At the felicitation ceremony, Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/SA said, 'The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills.'

The winning team worked on tools such as DB2, WebSphere Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Rational etc. to develop 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration' that will help to maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens. Citizens can request for Birth, Community, Income certificates and Ration card online as well. It will help to expedite retrieval & processing of information.

'This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions.' Mr. Nair added.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456.

Headline - IBM India announces 'The great mind challenge 2008'
ITnewsonline.com

IBM in collaboration with its business partners has announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2008", a contest under its Academic Initiative program that provides student programmers with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.

The theme for the 2008 Challenge is "Search for XML Superstar". The contest will enable participants to get a hands-on experience of IBM software products, namely Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal/Forms and Rational, as well as Eclipse, which is Open Source on a Linux platform.

Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/SA, said, "The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills."

IBM also declared the winners of the 2007 Challenge. K .L. N. College of Engineering and the runners up from Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Gujarat and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu were felicitated at an awards ceremony in Mumbai today.

The winning team worked on tools such as DB2, WebSphere Application Developer, WebSphere Application Server, Rational, etc. to develop 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration' that will help to maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens. Citizens can request for Birth, Community, Income certificates and Ration card online. It will help to expedite retrieval and processing of information.

Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the program. A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456.

"The top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. The Academic Initiative program also maintains a student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions," added Nair.

The IBM Academic Initiative offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, IBM Community Edition Software, etc. The company said it has successfully imparted training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students across 575 colleges in India during 2007 through the various AI programs.

Headline - IBM in search for XML Superstar
EFYTimes.com

IBM has announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2008' contest under its Academic Initiative programmes that provide student programmers with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real-time situations.

The Challenge 2008 will be themed around 'Search for XML Superstar'. This will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is open source on a Linux platform.

Pradeep Nair, director, software group, IBM India/SA, said, "The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills."

The company also felicitated K.L.N. College of Engineering as the winner for the 2007 Challenge, along with the runners up from Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Gujarat, and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu, at an awards ceremony in Mumbai.

Headline - When khadi made the IBM cut
The Times of India
March 26, 2008

Gujarat Vidyapith Students Bag Top Honours At A National Tech Event

If the word Gujarat Vidyapith conjures up images of khadi-clad students labouring over a charkha, spouting Gandhian philosophy and leading a spartan life, then its time to do a reboot. For, in a coup of sorts, final year students of Gujarat Vidyapith's Master's in Computer Application (MCA) course have beat over 60,000 students from over 2,000 colleges across India to emerge as the first runners-up at IBM's prestigious 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007'.

The software developer quartet of Dilip Prajapati, Paruik Bhavsar, Pratik Patel and Sariq Shaikh designed a low cost'Vehicle Identification System' that uses the latest radio frequency Identification (RFID) kit and service-oriented architecture (SOA) to identify and track a vehicle.'The country is way behind in vehicle tracking technology that can be used by police and insurance companies to get the details of any vehicle on the roads. We decided to come up with a low-cost solution,' says Sariq Shaikh, group leader of the top-notch Gujarat Vidyapith team. But the going was not all that easy. Not only did they have to spend sleepless nights for an entire month due to college classes and practical exams, they even had to go that extra length to be taken seriously by other competitors.

Obviously the prospect of khadi-clad students making a tech-savvy presentation was too much for some of the other jeans and Tee clad participants to take. Which is what also makes the victory sweeter for these students, most of whom hail from humble backgrounds. 'We have studied in Gujarati medium schools but had to present our project in English. With practice we overcame this constraint and even bagged the highest marks in the presentation segment,' says Dilip, one of the team members. 'I enjoyed the expression on everyone's faces when we were declared the second best team. Obviously they had never expected simple khadi-clad folks like us to make it so far in a techie contest,' he says gleefully.

'I come from a family of farmers, where no one has even passed SSC. It feels great to have bagged this award from a global IT company. Today I am confident. Though I wear khadi and am not very well conversant with English, I am as much of an IT wizard as any one else.' said Pratik Patel

'My father's salary is less than the cost of the air ticket that took me to Mumbai for the competition. No one in my family and the pol I grew up in know what 'software' means. They just stared when I told them I had been awarded for developing software.'says Dilip Prajapati

'Being with students from across the country who were fluent in English and sported modern clothes, was a big culture shock. Many, seeing us in khadi, tried to challenge us. But I was confident and in the end, we proved we were better than the others.'recalls Paruik Bhavsar.

Sariq Shaikh stays with my family in a two room house and have to work part time to support them. 'But I wanted my parents to feel proud of me. That inspired me to defy all odds and learn new technologies. Though my parents do not understand what I am doing, they feel that I am on the right path.'

Headline - IBM announces 'the great mind challenge 2008'
Indiainfoline.com

IBM in collaboration with its business partners announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2008' - a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. It also declared the winners for the 2007 challenge - K.L.N. College of Engineering and the runners up from Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Gujarat and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu were felicitated at an awards ceremony in Mumbai today.

The Challenge in 2008 will be themed around 'Search for XML Superstar'. This will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme. A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

At the felicitation ceremony, Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/SA said 'The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills.'

The winning team worked on tools such as DB2, WebSphere Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Rational etc. to develop 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration' that will help to maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens. Citizens can request for Birth, Community, Income certificates and Ration card online as well. It will help to expedite retrieval & processing of information.

'This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions,' Nair added.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456.Apart from this IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, IBM Community Edition Software etc. The company has successfully imparted training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students across 575 colleges in India during 2007 through the various AI programs.

Headline - Gujarat Vidyapeeth runners up for IBM's 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007'
The Economic Times

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (as one of the two runners-up at'The Great Mind Challenge 2007'. Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu was the other runners up. This was announced at the felicitation ceremony of held at Mumbai tuesday.K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu) emerged as the winners at the competition.

The contest is a part of company's academic Initiative, the challenge provided student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.

Gujarat Vidyapeeth runner-up in IT contest
The Indian Express

Gujarat Vidyapeeth was declared the joint runner-up along with Amrita School of engineering, Tamil Nadu in the third edition 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007' organized by IBM.

Headline - Gujarat Vidyapeeth announced as runners up for IBM's 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007'
Jansatta March 26, 2008

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (team Gvcc challenger) and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu as the runners up at the felicitation ceremony of 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007' held at Mumbai today. Organized for the third time in India, the winners of 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007' are K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu).

Headline - IBM announce the great mind challenge
Moneycontrol.com

IBM in collaboration with its business partners today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2008' - a pioneering contest under the company's Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. It also declared the winners for the 2007 challenge - K.L.N. College of Engineering and the runners up from Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Gujarat and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu were felicitated at an awards ceremony in Mumbai today.

The Challenge in 2008 will be themed around 'Search for XML Superstar'. This will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme. A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

At the felicitation ceremony, Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/SA said 'The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills.'

The winning team worked on tools such as DB2, WebSphere Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Rational etc. to develop 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration' that will help to maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens. Citizens can request for Birth, Community, Income certificates and Ration card online as well. It will help to expedite retrieval & processing of information.

'This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions .,' Mr. Nair added.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456.

Apart from this IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, IBM Community Edition Software etc. The company has successfully imparted training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students across 575 colleges in India during 2007 through the various AI programs.

Bridging the gap between academia and industry

The recently announced 'Drona partner programme' is an initiative aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry.

In another partnership of the industry and academia, multinational computer technology and consulting major IBM has collaborated with institutions in order to help create a skilled and competitive IT workforce.

The programme offers a range of resources and support to students, faculty and institutions, in order to provide skills in open standards, critical in a fast-paced and ever-changing IT industry. The programme also includes the latest technologies in lBM software, hardware, course materials, training and other resources.

Developing strategic linkages with universities and colleges, assisting colleges with curriculum development and instruct tional material, helping colleges develop consistent, high quality curricula for leading -'and emerging technologies, promoting high quality education by providing state-of-the art support, enhancing emerging technologies in colleges and universities and enabling colleges to get exposure to the latest technologies and develop a student resource for the application and use of technologies are among the main objectives.

IBM India has invested $1.5 million in academia initiatives in the last two years. The recently announced 'Drona partner programme' is an initiative aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry. Through this, the company will train teachers and professors to make their students industry-ready.

"A lot of times pedagogy cannot be applied at work directly. When the faculty interacts with professionals, there is great scope for bridging the gap that exists," Anil Menon, vice-president, Channels, Marketing and Ecosystems, IBM India/South Asia, said. "We would also be involving students in live projects later, with IBM mentors leading a team. We are predominantly looking at engineering colleges right now," he said.

IBM announces Drona partner programme
Indiatimes.com

Software major IBM on Friday announced a new initiative Drona partner programme for faculty members to train IT students.

Under the programme, IBM would collaborate with Independent Software Vendors, universities and work together to empower the faculties to train students specialising in IT.

"The overall aim of the Drona Programme is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with ISVs, universities and partners to grow IT as part of the liberal arts," IBM Vice-President (Channels, Marketing and Ecosystems) India/South Asia Anil Menon, said.

The programme, which is expected to benefit ISVs and faculty members, would pave way for better understanding on current requirements and execution bottlenecks - both for faculty members and ISVs, he said.

"Today's IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities, they also demand industry and business knowledge as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires.

"We hope that Drona Partner Programme will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry", he said.

He also said, quoting industry sources, about 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012.

IBM launches Drona programme
Publication- the Hindustan times
Edition- new Delhi

IBM announced the first of its kind initiative - Drona Partner Programme - aimed at empowering faculty members with the right resources to prepare students for 21st century skills. By providing a platform for collaboration between leading independent software vendors and academia, IBM plans to bring key players within the ecosystem together to build crucial business and technology skills for the global economy. The overall aim of the Drona Programme is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with independent software vendors, universities and partners together to help drive IT as part of the new liberal arts.

IBM announces platform to bring academia - industry collaboration
The economic times

IBM has announced an initiative called Drona Partner Programme to enable greater collaboration between academia and industry. Under this, IBM will provide the platform for collaboration between independent software vendors (ISVs) and academia to bring in the right resources for the latter. This, in turn, is expected to improve the employability skills of the students.

Anil Menon of IBM India says, “Today’s IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities; they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires.”

According to industry sources, approximately 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012 — a trend that is fuelling major opportunities for innovation and career growth for IT students, especially in India, China and south-east Asia. The Drona Programme, which will mutually benefit ISVs and faculty members, is expected to pave the way for better understanding of current requirements and execution bottlenecks.

IBM initiates Drona programme
The new Indian express

IBM has announced the first of its kind initiative- The Drona partner programme for empowering faculty members with right resources to prepare students for the 21st century. By providing a platform for collaboration between Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and academia, IBM plans to bring key players within the ecosystem together to build crucial business and technology skills for the global economy.

IBM announces Drona partner programme
Business standard

IBM today announced the 'Drona Partner Programme'for faculty members and for ISVs aimed at providing a platform for collaboration between independent software vendors (ISV) and academia,

At a function organised here, IBM India/South Asia Vice-President (Channels, Marketing and Ecosystems) Anil Menon, quoting industry sources, said approximately 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012."The overall aim of the Drona Programme is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with ISVs, universities and partners together to grow IT as part of the liberal arts", he said.

The Drona Programme, which is expected to benefit such ISVs and faculty members, would pave way for better understanding on current requirements and bottlenecks for faculty members and to ISVs, he said. "Today's IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities-they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills.

This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires. We hope that the Drona Partner Programme will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry", he said.

IBM project seeks to create skilled labor pool
CXOToday.com

IBM has launched a new initiative - Drona Partner Program - aimed at empowering faculty members with right resources to prepare students for the 21st century skills. By providing a platform for collaboration between leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and academia, IBM plans to bring key players within the ecosystem together to build crucial business and technology skills for the global economy.

With forecasts that nearly 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012 -- a trend that is fueling major opportunities for innovation and career growth for IT students especially in India, China, and Southeast Asia, the Drona Program will mutually benefit ISVs and faculty members. It will pave way for better understanding current requirements and execution bottlenecks - both for faculty members and ISVs and enable them to effectively work towards instilling insights into students and business.

Universities provide excellent learning environments, but find it difficult to teach students about an IT transformation in progress unless those driving the transformation - IT companies at the helm of transformation -- provide real-time inputs and support to academia.

IBM launches Drona partner programme
Money Control.com

IBM announced the first of its kind initiative – Drona Partner Programme – aimed at empowering faculty members with right resources to prepare students for the 21st century skills. By providing a platform for collaboration between leading independent software vendors (ISVs) and academia, IBM plans to bring key players within the ecosystem together to build crucial business and technology skills for the global economy.

Speaking at the event, Anil Menon, VP - Channels, Marketing & Ecosystems, IBM India / South Asia commented: “As technology and business environments continue to change rapidly, IT professionals are required to learn and apply new skills to compete in a global economy. Today's IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities; they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires. We hope that the Drona Partner Programme will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry.”

According industry sources, approx. 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012 -- a trend that is fueling major opportunities for innovation and career growth for IT students especially in India, China and Southeast Asia. The overall aim of the Drona Programme is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with ISVs, universities and partners together to help drive IT as part of the new liberal arts. With its wealth of resources, including hands on mentoring, grants, and courseware IBM is delivering on its promise to invest in the future IT leaders of tomorrow. The Drona Programme, which will mutually benefit ISVs and faculty members will pave way for better understanding current requirements and execution bottlenecks – both for faculty members and ISVs and enable them to effectively work towards instilling insights into students and business.

“Technological and demographic changes, together with the development of the global economy, have all increased the scale and complexity of work. These changes have also left gaps in the understanding of how to manage networks of people, technology and institutions on which thriving and successful businesses rely – resulting in both faculty and students undergoing a transformation in the way training is undertaken today. Through IBM’s Drona Partner summit, we’ll be able to equip ourselves and our students with effective skills to overcome such challenges,” commented Prof. N.Murali from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai who was a speaker at the event.

Universities provide excellent learning environments, but find it difficult to teach students about an IT transformation in progress unless those driving the transformation –-- IT companies at the helm of transformation--- provide real-time inputs and support to academia. IBM, with its “full spectrum” of research, services, industry and technology expertise besides an extensive business partner network is in a unique position to work closely with academic institutions to help shape the workforce and business and society of the future.

IBM focuses on it leaders of tomorrow
EFY Times.com

IBM has launched Drona Partner Programme to empower faculty members with right resources to prepare students for the 21st century skills. By providing a platform for collaboration between leading independent software vendors (ISVs) and academia, the company is planning to bring key players within the ecosystem together to build crucial business and technology skills for the global economy.With its wealth of resources, including hands on mentoring, grants, and courseware IBM is delivering on its promise to invest in the IT leaders of tomorrow. The Drona Programme, which will mutually benefit ISVs and faculty members, will pave way for better understanding current requirements and execution bottlenecks – both for faculty members and ISVs and enable them to effectively work towards instilling insights into students and business.

Commenting on this initiative, Anil Menon, vice president, channels, marketing and ecosystems, IBM India/South Asia, said, "As technology and business environments continue to change rapidly, IT professionals are required to learn and apply new skills to compete in a global economy. Today's IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities; they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires. We hope that the Drona Partner Programme will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry."

IBM launches DRONA for faculty - industry collaboration
Silicon India.com

IBM announced the first of its kind initiative – Drona Partner Programme – aimed at empowering faculty members with right resources to prepare students for the 21st century skills. By providing a platform for collaboration between leading independent software vendors (ISVs) and academia, IBM plans to bring key players within the ecosystem together to build crucial business and technology skills for the global economy.

Speaking at the event, Anil Menon, VP - Channels, Marketing & Ecosystems, IBM India / South Asia commented, "As technology and business environments continue to change rapidly, IT professionals are required to learn and apply new skills to compete in a global economy. Today’s IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities; they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires. We hope that the Drona Partner Program will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry."

According to industry sources, around 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012 - a trend that is fueling major opportunities for innovation and career growth for IT students especially in India, China and Southeast Asia. The overall aim of the Drona Program is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with ISVs, universities and partners together to help drive IT as part of the new liberal arts. With its wealth of resources, including hands on mentoring, grants, and course-ware IBM is delivering on its promise to invest in the future IT leaders of tomorrow. The Drona Program, which will mutually benefit ISVs and faculty members will pave way for better understanding of current requirements and execution bottlenecks - both for faculty members and ISVs and enable them to effectively work towards instilling insights into students and business.

"Technological and demographic changes, together with the development of the global economy, have all increased the scale and complexity of work. These changes have also left gaps in the understanding of how to manage networks of people, technology and institutions on which thriving and successful businesses rely - resulting in both faculty and students undergoing a transformation in the way training is undertaken today. Through IBM’s Drona Partner summit, we'll be able to equip ourselves and our students with effective skills to overcome such challenges," commented Prof. N.Murali from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai.

Universities provide excellent learning environments, but find it difficult to teach students about an IT transformation in progress unless those driving the transformation - IT companies at the helm of transformation - provide real-time inputs and support to academia. IBM, with its "full spectrum" of research, services, industry and technology expertise besides an extensive business partner network is in a unique position to work closely with academic institutions to help shape the workforce and business and society of the future.

IBM announces Drona partner programme
Chennaionline. Com

IBM today announced the 'Drona Partner Programme'for faculty members and for ISVs aimed at providing a platform for collaboration between independent software vendors (ISV) and academia, At a function organised here, IBM India/South Asia Vice-President (Channels, Marketing and Ecosystems) Anil Menon, quoting industry sources, said approximately 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012.

"The overall aim of the Drona Programme is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with ISVs, universities and partners together to grow IT as part of the liberal arts", he said. The Drona Programme, which is expected to benefit such ISVs and faculty members, would pave way for better understanding on current requirements and bottlenecks for faculty members and to ISVs, he said.

"Today's IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities-they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires. We hope that the Drona Partner Programme will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry", he said

IBM announces Drona partner programme
Uclue.de

IBM today announced the 'Drona Partner Programme'for faculty members and for ISVs aimed at providing a platform for collaboration between independent software vendors (ISV) and academia, At a function organised here, IBM India/South Asia Vice-President (Channels, Marketing and Ecosystems) Anil Menon, quoting industry sources, said approximately 1.5 million skilled IT experts will be needed by 2012.

"The overall aim of the Drona Programme is to demonstrate how IBM is collaborating with ISVs, universities and partners together to grow IT as part of the liberal arts", he said. The Drona Programme, which is expected to benefit such ISVs and faculty members, would pave way for better understanding on current requirements and bottlenecks for faculty members and to ISVs, he said.

"Today's IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities-they also demand industry and business knowledge, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires. We hope that the Drona Partner Programme will give a boost to qualified job-ready professionals to lead the future of the IT industry", he said.

IBM focuses on faculty in its academic initiative
Thaiindiannews.com

Computer giant IBM has launched yet another academic programme, this time to help university faculty instil modern-day skills among students. IBM hopes the initiative launched in Chennai Friday will soon be taken to five other Indian cities. IBM India has invested $1.5 million in its academia initiatives in the last two years, imparting training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students from 575 colleges.

In 2007, it helped 62,000 students from over a thousand Indian middle-level technical institutions in 28 states to participate in its academic initiatives that changes an “IT student into a skilled and competitive global worker”, IBM officials said.

The company also trained over 8,200 teachers last year.Industry sources say 1.5 million skilled information technology experts will be needed by 2012, a factor fuelling IT education in India, China and Southeast Asia.

“Today’s IT jobs require more than just strong technical abilities. They also demand industry and business knowledge as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills,” IBM India’s vice president for channels, marketing and ecosystems Anil Menon told an audience of senior faculty members from different universities in Tamil Nadu Friday.

“This makes it imperative for industry, partners and academia to understand what the businesses are looking for in the next generation of IT hires,” he added. “They (IBM) have a important role - teaching the teachers,” said A. Gopalakrishnan, placement cell head at Vinayaka Mission University.

The Economic Times – IBM EYES COLLEGES, PLANS 75 COE

Edition – Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad

IBM, the world’s largest computer services provider, on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. IBM, which will now have 150 CoEs, said that it aims at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also give them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets. In addition to extending high quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM said that it also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. The company said that the initiative will help start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into incubation centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals, IBM’s South Asia country manager for academic initiative, developer works and globalization Himanshu Goyal said.

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Business Standard – IBM TO SET UP 75 CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN 60 CITIES

Edition – Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad

Technology giant IBM today said it will set up 75 new centres of excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India, which will train students on various softwares. The locations for the 75 new CoEs will be selected from among the top 300 engineering colleges in the country and will span 20 states, IBM said in a statement. Last year, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others, it added.

The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among students and gives students the opportunity to develop business solutions. In addition to setting up CoEs, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. Through the GEI programme, IBM will select a few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to the market and build a sustainable business for the entrepreneurs, it said. “Apart from providing free training, certification and software to these colleges, IBM plans to convert the CoEs into incubation centres to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals," Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalisation, IBM India/South Asia, said.

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The Times of India Online – IBM TO START 75 COE ACROSS INDIA

IBM has announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country, and with this the total number of CoEs across the country will go up to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. IBM CoEs aim at creating a platform for the development of software skills among students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

“Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a programme where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager, Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia. The year 2009 saw IBM open CoEs at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course material, training and curriculum

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The Hindu Business Line – MORE IBM CENTRES AT ENGG COLLEGES

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IBM has announced it will establish 75 new centres of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities. In 2009, too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs in the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around to 150 by end-2010. The new CoEs will be spread across 20 States at the top 300 engineering colleges. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill-sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions, said a release. IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. Through this programme, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs.

“Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into incubation centres, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. “Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” said Mr Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalisation, IBM India/South Asia. IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has so far produced nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6,000 this year. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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The Financial Express – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTRES

Edition – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi

IBM will be establishing 75 new centres of excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India, according to a release. Last year, the company set up over 75 such CoEs across the country, and with the current announcement, it will take the total number of CoEs in the country to 150 by 2010, it added. These centres will cover 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country.

IBM to launch 75 new centres

Informationweek.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW COES ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM recently announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. “Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where the industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects,” commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia.

IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched has been successful in producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under this initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Financial Chronicle – IBM TO SET UP NEW COE

Edition – Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi

As a part of its academic initiative, IBM will set up 75 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across India.

IBM to set up new CoE

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IBM will establish 75 new centres of excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, the IT giant set up over 75 such CoEs across the country. The CoEs seek to develop software skills among students.

The New Indian Express – IBM TO SET UP CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN 75 COLLEGES

Edition – Bangalore

IBM on Wednesday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. Presently there are 11 CoEs in Tamil Nadu, 12 in Karnataka and one in Kerala. The company plans to set up six more in Tamil Nadu, five in Kar­nataka and two in Kerala. Among key colleges planned are Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software. In 2009, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country. The new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country.

IBM also has plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEl) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps startups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resourc­es from IBM. "IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centres. The com­pany aims towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia. "IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, pro­duced nearly 10,000 certified candi­dates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010," a company statement said. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others.

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CIOL.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW COEs IN INDIA

IBM today announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010, it said in a press release. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions, the release added.

In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. “Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals,” said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia.

“Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” he added. IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs, said the release. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others.

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New Delhi IBM on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop top-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

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IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions.

In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. “IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager, IBM India/South Asia.

The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology.

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IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and this announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300engineering colleges in the country.

"Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centres, to bolstersoftware skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovativesoftware projects and proof of concepts," commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalisation, IBM India/South Asia.

Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

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The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. IBM has announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

“Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia. IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program coupled with the company’s ‘The Great Mind challenge contest’ will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities.

Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Indianexpress.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW COES IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES

IBM on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop top-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

Siliconindia.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. "Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts," commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India.

IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Business Standard Online – IBM TO SET UP 75 CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN 60 CITIES

Technology giant IBM today said it will set up 75 new centres of excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India, which will train students on various softwares. The locations for the 75 new CoEs will be selected from among the top 300 engineering colleges in the country and will span 20 states, IBM said in a statement. Last year, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others, it added. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among students and gives students the opportunity to develop business solutions. In addition to setting up CoEs, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. Through the GEI programme, IBM will select a few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to the market and build a sustainable business for the entrepreneurs, it said."Apart from providing free training, certification and software to these colleges, IBM plans to convert the CoEs into incubation centres to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals," Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalisation, IBM India/South Asia, said.

The Financial Express Online – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW COES IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES

IBM on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop top-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

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IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. “Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia.

IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program coupled with the company’s ‘The Great Mind challenge contest’ will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Breakingnewsonline.net – IBM ANNOUNCES TO SET UP 75 COES IN INDIA

IBM has announced to set up 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India aiming at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students. Earlier, IBM had already established over 75 such CoEs in the country and this announcement doubled the total number of CoEs to 150. IBM will set up new CoEs across 20 states selecting colleges from top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The chief aim of the company is to give an opportunity to the students to acquire new IBMsoftware skills that will help them develop top-class business solutions. Besides, IBM also plans to introduce its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) in some colleges to provide new business opportunities by accessing IBM technology.

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Spread across 20 states, the new centres will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. IBM is going to set up 75 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students. These centres will not only help students acquire new skill sets around IBM software but also help them develop world-class business solutions. These new CoEs will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. IBM is also considering launching its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) in some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

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IBM on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop top-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

“Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia. IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program coupled with the company’s ‘The Great Mind challenge contest’ will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs.

Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Indiatimes.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. "Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts," commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India.

IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Wbir.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop top-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

MSG Online – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. "Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts," commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India.

IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Webindia123.com – IBM TO SET UP 75 NEW CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES

IBM today announced establishment of 75 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) in engineering colleges across 60 cities in the country. The announcement was in addition to 75 CoEs set up last year, taking the total to 150 by the end of 2010 and spread across 20 states. These CoEs would be at engineering colleges selected from top 300 institutions in the country, IBM said in a statement here. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also give them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions.

In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs, IBM was also planning to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-up capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager-Academic Initiative, Developer works and Globalisation for IBM India/South Asia, said ''Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centres, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals.'' Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a programme where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts, he added.

Treehugger.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. "Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts," commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India.

IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Yahoo.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW COES IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES

IBM on Monday announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop top-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

Thenewsxpress.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too IBM set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM.

“Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts,” commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia. IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010.

The program coupled with the company’s ‘The Great Mind challenge contest’ will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Itvarnews.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AT ENGINEERING COLLEGES

IBM has announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. Last year also the vendor had set- up over 75 such CoEs across the country. Spread across 20 states these new CoEs will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in India. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and to offer them an opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software. Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts, commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia.

IBM is looking to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative has produced around 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. According to a media statement, the program coupled with the company’s The Great Mind challenge contest will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others.

ITnewsonline.com – IBM TO OPEN 75 NEW COES AT ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN 60 INDIAN CITIES

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoEs) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009 too, the company set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today’s announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions. In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. "Apart from providing training, certification and software which is free of charge to these colleges, IBM plans to take the CoEs to the next logical level of converting them into Incubation Centers, to bolster software skills and ensure industry-ready professionals. Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts," said Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization, IBM India/South Asia.

IBM’s Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, so far producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program coupled with the company’s ‘The Great Mind challenge contest’ will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM said it will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM’s Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world, a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

Thesmarttechie.com – IBM TO LAUNCH 75 NEW CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ACROSS ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

IBM announced that it will be establishing 75 new Centers of Excellence (CoE) at engineering colleges across 60 cities in India. In 2009, IBM had set up over 75 such CoEs across the country and today's announcement will take the total number of CoEs around the country to 150 by end-2010. These new CoEs will be spread across 20 states and will be selected from the top 300 engineering colleges in the country. The IBM CoEs are aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among the students and also gives them the opportunity to acquire new skill sets around IBM software as well as help them develop world-class business solutions.

In addition to extending high-quality education on emerging technologies through these CoEs in colleges, IBM also plans to bring its Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) to some of these colleges. This initiative helps start-ups capture new business opportunities by providing access to technology resources from IBM. "Under this concept, the company aims to work towards creating a bridge between the industry and academia by creating a program where industry can use the CoE set up and the certified resources in the college to create innovative software projects and proof of concepts," commented Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India.

IBM's Academic Initiative, under which these CoEs are being launched, has been ensuring certified and industry-ready software professionals, hitherto producing nearly 10,000 certified candidates from the various CoEs. The number is expected to increase by 6000 certified candidates in 2010. The program will mentor students and enable them create commercially viable projects that can tap market opportunities. Through its GEI program, IBM will select few projects based on their feasibility and provide guidance to take them to market and build sustainable business for the inventor/entrepreneurs. Last year, the CoEs were launched at several engineering colleges in the states of Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, among others. The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's Academic Initiative which covers more than 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators' nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

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IndiaTimes.com - IBM announces The Great Mind Challenge 2010

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

CIOL - IBM felicitates 'TGMC 2010' winners

IBM India today felicitated the winners of ''The Great Mind Challenge 2010'' - a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest that saw record participation from 1,50,000 students and faculty members from 2,000 Indian colleges, submitting a total of 3000 projects.

KMIT Chargers from Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad were declared the winners of the prestigious contest in recognition of their innovative project submission on Internet Banking System. This project attempts to make the online banking transactions simpler and safer.

The runners up were Scriptocoders from Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai for their project Chess Master based on HCI (Human Computer Interaction), which incorporates motion sensing technique in playing the game of chess and Eagle software solutions from KL University, Vijayawada for their knowledge based community sharing system, which facilitates smooth flow of information between students, faculty members and external organizations.

Speaking on the occasion, Shanker Annaswamy, managing director, IBM India Pvt Ltd. said, ''Over the last 9 years, TGMC has been getting an overwhelming response from students and faculty members, reflecting the need for closer engagement between industry and academia. The projects submitted this year showcased great talent and I congratulate the winning teams on the innovation and creativity reflected in their work.''

TGMC (The Great Mind Challenge), launched in 2004 by IBM India focuses on using complex, real-time scenarios to provide students at technical universities an opportunity to develop innovative solutions using IBM's open standards-based software.

Since the initial launch, TGMC has been highly popular among the students and the faculty members of technical institutes across the country.

Student participation in the contest has grown from 10,000 individual registrations in 2004, to a whooping 1,50,000 students and faculty members from 2,000 Indian colleges submitting a total of 3,000 projects in 2010, reports said.

The Great Mind Challenge has been recognized by The Limca Book of Records as India's largest technology contest for students in 2010.

Going forward, TGMC 2011 is hopeful of expanding its outreach to 1,70,000 student registrations from across 2,500 colleges.

The contest is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities.

IBM will provide the necessary software and training for successful completion of the project. A team of IBM experts will mentor the students along the process.

TGMC 2011 aims to increase the number of students trained and certified on IBM software and technologies and provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

The students who submit projects under TGMC are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience.

IndiaInfoline - IBM announces “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”

Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

IBM has announced “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”- a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative program. This contest, recognized by the Limca book of records as the largest software development and research contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Speaking on the occasion, Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia said, “The industry requires more adaptive innovators – people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions. This endeavor also ensures that students get to work on next-gen technologies and prepares them for a smarter planet.”

IBM also declared the winning teams of TGMC 2009 - Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M.V.J.College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. TGMC 2009 had nearly 11, 2400 students from 1, 800 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 2100 project submissions out of which 20 college teams emerged as winners. This year TGMC 2010 plans to become more extensive with the competition registrations expected to reach 150,000 across 2,000 colleges. TGMC 2010 will also be introducing the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with a no-charge access to industry-specific technologies and consequently capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, health care, telecommunications and government. Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under TGMC are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience. TGMC 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. TGMC 2010 aims to increase the number of students who are aware of and are skilled on IBM software and technologies and use it in their courses and labs as well as provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

IT News Online - IBM Announces ‘The Great Mind Challenge 2010’ in India

IBM has announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2010", a nationwide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative program. The contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real-time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants to acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization, IBM India/South Asia, said, "The industry requires more adaptive innovators, people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions."

"This endeavor also ensures that students get to work on next-generation technologies and prepares them for a smarter planet," added Goyal. IBM also declared the winning teams of The Great Mind Challenge 2009 - Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M. V. J. College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. Last year’s contest had nearly 11, 2400 students from 1, 800 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 2,100 project submissions out of which 20 college teams emerged as winners. This year, The Great Mind Challenge 2010 plans to become more extensive with the competition registrations expected to reach 150,000 across 2,000 colleges. The contest will also be introducing the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with a no-charge access to industry-specific technologies and consequently capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, healthcare, telecom and government.

Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under this contest are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. The contest aims to increase the number of students who are aware of and are skilled on IBM software and technologies and use it in their courses and labs as well as provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

ITvoir.com - IBM announces the Great Mind Challenge 2010: research contest

IBM announced ''The Great Mind Challenge 2010''- a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest under the company's Academic Initiative program. This contest, recognized by the Limca book of records as the largest software development and research contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Speaking on the occasion, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, and IBM India/South Asia said, ''The industry requires more adaptive innovators – people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions.'' Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under TGMC are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience.

EFYTimes.com - IBM Announces "The Great Mind Challenge 2010"

IBM today announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2010"- a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest under the company's Academic Initiative program. This contest, recognized by the Limca book of records as the largest software development and research contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Speaking on the occasion, Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia said, "The industry requires more adaptive innovators - people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions. This endeavor also ensures that students get to work on next-gen technologies and prepares them for a smarter planet."

IBM also declared the winning teams of TGMC 2009 - Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M.V.J.College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. TGMC 2009 had nearly 11, 2400 students from 1, 800 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 2100 project submissions out of which 20 college teams emerged as winners. This year TGMC 2010 plans to become more extensive with the competition registrations expected to reach 150,000 across 2,000 colleges. TGMC 2010 will also be introducing the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with a no-charge access to industry-specific technologies and consequently capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, health care, telecommunications and government. Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under TGMC are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience. TGMC 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. TGMC 2010 aims to increase the number of students who are aware of and are skilled on IBM software and technologies and use it in their courses and labs as well as provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

IndiaBusinessandTechnology.com - IBM announces SW development, research contest

IBM today announced “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”- a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s academic initiative program. The contests recognized by the Limca book of records as the largest software development and research contest, said a press release. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations and aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty would work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

“The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions,” said Himanshu Goyal, country manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization, IBM India/South Asia. He further said that this endeavor would also ensure that students get to work on next-gen technologies and prepare themselves for a smarter planet. IBM also declared the winning teams of TGMC 2009 - Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M.V.J.College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. TGMC 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities.

Wltx.com - IBM Announces ‘The Great Mind Challenge 2010’ in India

IBM has announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2010", a nationwide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative program. The contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real-time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants to acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager - Academic Initiative, Developer Works and Globalization, IBM India/South Asia, said, "The industry requires more adaptive innovators, people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions."

"This endeavor also ensures that students get to work on next-generation technologies and prepares them for a smarter planet," added Goyal. IBM also declared the winning teams of The Great Mind Challenge 2009 - Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M. V. J. College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. Last year’s contest had nearly 11, 2400 students from 1, 800 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 2,100 project submissions out of which 20 college teams emerged as winners. This year, The Great Mind Challenge 2010 plans to become more extensive with the competition registrations expected to reach 150,000 across 2,000 colleges. The contest will also be introducing the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with a no-charge access to industry-specific technologies and consequently capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, healthcare, telecom and government.

Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under this contest are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. The contest aims to increase the number of students who are aware of and are skilled on IBM software and technologies and use it in their courses and labs as well as provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

Floridatoday.com - IBM announces The Great Mind Challenge 2010

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Daylife.com - IBM announces The Great Mind Challenge 2010

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Khaleejtimes.me - IBM announces The Great Mind Challenge 2010

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Philly.com - IBM announces The Great Mind Challenge 2010

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Newkerala.com - IBM announces 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company's Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under gruelling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Indiaeveryday.com - IBM announces 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company's Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under gruelling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Onlysoftwareblog.com - IBM announces “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”

IBM has announced “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”- a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative program. This contest, recognized by the Limca book of records as the largest software development and research contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Speaking on the occasion, Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager – Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia said, “The industry requires more adaptive innovators – people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions. This endeavor also ensures that students get to work on next-gen technologies and prepares them for a smarter planet.”

IBM also declared the winning teams of TGMC 2009 – Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M.V.J.College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. TGMC 2009 had nearly 11, 2400 students from 1, 800 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 2100 project submissions out of which 20 college teams emerged as winners. This year TGMC 2010 plans to become more extensive with the competition registrations expected to reach 150,000 across 2,000 colleges. TGMC 2010 will also be introducing the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with a no-charge access to industry-specific technologies and consequently capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, health care, telecommunications and government. Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under TGMC are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience. TGMC 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. TGMC 2010 aims to increase the number of students who are aware of and are skilled on IBM software and technologies and use it in their courses and labs as well as provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

Aspiringgeek.com - IBM announces “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”

IBM has announced “The Great Mind Challenge 2010”- a pioneering nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative program. This contest, recognized by the Limca book of records as the largest software development and research contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The Great Mind Challenge 2010 aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce. Speaking on the occasion, Himanshu Goyal, Country Manager – Academic Initiative, Developer Works & Globalization, IBM India/South Asia said, “The industry requires more adaptive innovators – people who possess a level of proficiency in a niche area of specialization along with the requisite soft skills. With work environments becoming increasingly collaborative, The Great Mind Challenge is just the platform needed in helping students enhance their research capability on understanding application scenarios and demonstrate their ability to apply their acquired technical expertise in creating innovative software solutions. This endeavor also ensures that students get to work on next-gen technologies and prepares them for a smarter planet.”

IBM also declared the winning teams of TGMC 2009 – Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA), Tamil Nadu as the winners for the third consecutive year, M.V.J.College of Engineering, Bangalore as the first runners up and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai as the second runners up for the 2009 challenge. TGMC 2009 had nearly 11, 2400 students from 1, 800 colleges participating from across India. There were close to 2100 project submissions out of which 20 college teams emerged as winners. This year TGMC 2010 plans to become more extensive with the competition registrations expected to reach 150,000 across 2,000 colleges. TGMC 2010 will also be introducing the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide the next generation of entrepreneurs with a no-charge access to industry-specific technologies and consequently capture emerging business opportunities in fast-growing industries such as energy and utilities, health care, telecommunications and government. Under the new program, IBM will provide access to its research community as well as sales, marketing and technical skills. Additionally, students who submit projects under TGMC are eligible to post their resume in the Student Opportunity System or other equivalent local job portal used by industry partners and customers to recruit students who have the necessary experience. TGMC 2010 is open to graduates and undergraduates enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other IT-related fields from accredited colleges and universities. TGMC 2010 aims to increase the number of students who are aware of and are skilled on IBM software and technologies and use it in their courses and labs as well as provide students with a competitive edge while seeking employment opportunities.

WebIndia123.com - IBM announces 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'

IBM today announced 'The Great Mind Challenge 2010'(TGMC) - a nation-wide software development and research contest under the company’s Academic Initiative Programme. The contest, recognized by the Limca Book of Records as the largest software development and research contest, provides a unique opportunity for students to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations, according to a release here. The contest aims at enabling participants acquire hands-on experience on IBM software products. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty will work closely with the students to help them develop market-ready skills required of a current day workforce.

Deccan Chronicle – Go Local and Simple

Overview – The article is further to a telephonic conversation between Mohana Krishna, Winner, IBM TGMC 2010 and Samyukta, Deccan Chronicle. The article talks about the details of the project that was adjudged winner of The Great Mind Challenge 2010

The two undeniable mantras of success for this young duo from the Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology and Science are simplicity and localization. They did the city proud on a national platform by wining IBM’s ‘Great Mind Challenge Contest 2010.

Mohana Krishna and Kalyan Venkatesh, final year Electronics and Communication Engineering students won this contest with a very simple plan. Their project on Internet banking just aimed at improving the existing systems focusing on customers, in other terms, improving the usability of the online system. “Navigation on the existing internet banking portals is a task commoners cannot handle. Users find it very hard to find their way around the site even for simple transactions. We also focused on breaking the language barriers when it comes to Internet usage. We thought of a person who speaks in Telugu or Hindi and designed a website keeping this in mind,” explains Mohana.

While Mohana believes that scientists should look at easing everyday lives, Kalyan, says that the key is localisation. “I think the secret to our success was localisation. Also, any project needs to be complete and meet a list of requirements. Our coding was centred around additional admin control, while at the same time it concentrates on the core purpose of banking, such as transactions and notification,” he says adding that the project was driven by users and usability in mind.

“Although banking sites need to look professional, we tried to incorporate a few components from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which are more flexible and customizable,” says Mohana.The KMIT project was judged the winner from 3000 projects from 2,000 colleges. A total of 20 teams were short listed and the winners were announced at a ceremony in the capital on November 15. As for plans of introducing their product to the market is concerned, the students are fine-tuning their project.

“As of now, it is not perfect. There are a few new things that need to be added,” admits Mohana. “For instance, now the user can download an application and print it and then go to bank, this process can also be completely online. It would also be great if we have a Visa and Mastercard gateway,” adds Kalyan.

Train early to get a job

It is a dilemma in the $70 billion Indian IT industry. Should the company hiring an engineering graduate spend a significant amount on IT training or should the technology institutes be more conscious about making their students employable. But today, both the sides seems to be looking at collaborative measures to solve this problem. Whether it be training students right from their 4th semester in college or the big tech majors hiring third party training institutes to go and catch trained students for them—the endeavour is to make them competent and readily employable in the marketplace.

There are also big league tech companies like IBM and Microsoft, which train students from tier II and tier III colleges. It is not necessary that the student will be hired by IBM; the company certification will definitely help the student in the long run. Himanshu Goyal, country manager, IBM Career Education, says, “We are concentrating on training students specifically in the tier III and tier IV colleges. Though we train students on the IBM technology, this helps them get jobs in other mid-sized IT companies. Recently, a student from an engineering college in Dewangiri got a job in Mindtree.

Also, two students from Jaipur got a job in Symphony Services after training through IBM.”

Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice-president at IT industry forum Nasscom gives a broad industry perspective: “Though the employability rate in the IT industry was 25% as per our study in 2005, we believe that the situation is better now because of initiatives by tech companies like IBM and Microsoft who have started their own certification programmes. Even the Indian tech companies are now tying up with colleges to train the students during the course tenure. We also see a plethora of third party training firms like Talentsprint, QAI, NIIT, among others, that are helping in makings these engineering students employable.”

At present, the average salary of an engineer from a tier III- IV college would range anywhere between R2.5-3.5 lakh. However, the average salary of an engineering graduate from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) would be northwards of R7.5 lakh. Most of the training is needed only in the smaller towns as newer engineering colleges are opened in these low-cost locations. As per Purpleleap, an Educomp and Pearson joint venture, though the number of engineering colleges in our country have doubled in the last four years, the percentage of tier I colleges has halved. This means more engineers, but not the best trained.

Amitabh Lahiri, head – ILS-IT, Career Building Solutions, NIIT, says, “We have tied up with more than 3,000 colleges and most of them are tier II downwards. We train students on skills like Java and other soft skills as well. Our placement rate ranges between 60-70%. Both tech companies as well as colleges are keen to collaborate with us for training the students. We also get in touch with colleges ourselves and educate them on training the students.” Though Lahiri did not mention the names of companies that approach NIIT to get hold of trained engineering graduates, he ensured that the list includes significant industry leaders.

In an earlier interaction, Himanshu Goyal had remarked, “The IT industry faces a challenge in training employees on righteous skills like software testing. We are helping students getting trained on such skills in collaboration with QAI, a consulting and workforce development organisation. And if we have a requirement for such talent, IBM would definitely consider these trained students for a job with IBM.”

QAI trains students from different colleges like Punjab Technical University, Apeejay College of Engineering and Noida Institute of Engineering on skills like testing and helps them get a job as and when demanded by tech majors. QAI has trained 4,000 engineers overall on software testing till now. At present, the country produces only 3,000 testers, but the nation will soon need 25,000-30,000 testers each year.

Even IBM’s Academic Initiative worldwide is to partner with colleges and universities in India to better educate millions of students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. Professional certifications have become even more important as companies prefer to hire people who need little or no on-job training. A professional IBM certification in open standards technologies can make the difference between getting hired and being left out, which is what this programme offers.

An IT industry expert explains the dynamics behind this: “It is always an additional advantage for a company like IBM to train students on their technologies as it will help them in the long run. Such students would be trained to work on IBM hardware and this would be their specialisation.”

IBM has established centres of excellence of various technologies to enable the colleges have hands on environment with latest IBM technology trends with updated resources. A centre of excellence (CoE) is a physical space in a college which acts as the central ground for trainings and certifications from IBM. The CoE is an exclusive offer to colleges with the potential to create numerous certified professionals. So far, the 154 IBM CoEs established in over 20 states have helped train 90,000 students and certifying another 45,000 in various IBM technologies.

As companies and colleges continue to work hand in hand, it remains to be seen who will take the lead in writing the next chapter for IT industry success in India!

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