Both will offer a suite of executive programmes for professionals in the areas of data engineering, artificial intelligence & machine learning, digital transformation and healthcare analytics.
Wiley, a global leader in research and education, signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, for developing and offering a slew of industry 4.0 courses and certifications. Wiley will also collaborate with IIT Jodhpur’s iHUB-Drishti Foundation and Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Foundation to develop competencies in industry relevant 21st century skills.
The move is aligned with the company’s vision of building an ‘Atmanirbhar’ talent and shaping the workforce of the future. The MoU was signed in the presence of Prof Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur; Prof Surajit Ghosh, Dean, Research & Development, Dr Krishna Kumar Balaraman, Head of Department, School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Prof Suril V Shah, Associate Dean (Academics), and Prof SR Vadera, Deputy Director from IIT Jodhpur.
Nasscom facing talent crunch for niche digital skills
According to the IT industry’s apex body, the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom), India’s information technology (IT) sector, is facing a talent crunch for niche digital skills leading to a war for talent among firms. These digital skills include emerging technologies such as big data analytics, data engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, cybersecurity, internet of things (IoT) and robotics. The number of workers in India requiring digital skills will need to increase nine times by 2025. At present, digitally skilled workers represent only 12 per cent of India’s workforce.
Under the MoU, IIT-Jodhpur and WileyNXT will jointly curate and offer a suite of executive programmes with IIT Jodhpur credentials and alumni status for professionals in the areas of data engineering, artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning, digital transformation, AR/VR and healthcare analytics to name a few. The design and delivery of the programmes built on the premise of unique conceptual and contextual learning model will enable the learners to map the taught skills directly to the business environment and be employable from Day 1, thereby bridging the massive talent-employability gap in industry 4.0 skills. The partnership will enable IIT Jodhpur and Wiley to string together research excellence and industry expertise into skill based executive education programmes for technologists, managers as well as entrepreneurs to guarantee Day-1 job readiness.
“We are on the cusp of an industry revolution and Wiley aims to contribute towards India’s growth story by nurturing and shaping the workforce of the future and closing the existing skill gap. This could only be possible by empowering today’s generation with requisite skill sets and knowledge”, said Vikas Gupta, Managing Director, Wiley & mthree in India.
Meanwhile, Prof Santanu Chaudhary, Director IIT Jodhpur, said, “Aligned with the demands of the industry, we are happy to have partnered with Wiley, an organisation with a legacy of over two centuries, to impart industry relevant knowledge, skills and expertise to the aspiring professionals.”
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