IITM Pravartak, Gradskey to offer industry skill certification courses

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Vishu Verma
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New Delhi, Updated on Mar 7, 2023 14:03 IST

College students will be trained on industry-ready deployable skills. The programmes are open to students of first semester to third semester from BE/BTech, BSc, MSc, BBA, MBA, BCA, and MCA degree courses. 

IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation is collaboration with GRADSKEY, an artificial intelligence/machine learning-based skilling platform as a service (SPaaS), to train college students on industry-ready deployable skills. Industry persons will directly train students on various techniques as peer-to-peer learning makes it easier for students. 

This could fulfil a pressing need as many colleges in tier-2 and 3 cities do not have access to industry experts to teach them industry required technical skills. The programmes are open to students of first semester to third semester from BE/BTech, BSc, MSc, BBA, MBA, BCA, and MCA degree courses. 

IITM Pravartak Technologies is a Section 8 company housing the technology innovation hub on sensors, networking, actuators and control systems. It is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems and hosted by IIT Madras. 

These industry skilling programmes are designed for a long-term trajectory of three years, which will be the duration of a student’s degree programme. However, the courses are broken down into a shorter, yearly certification programme to gradually skill students according to their pace of learning. 

Every year, starting from first year, students gradually get industry-required skills. Students start earning industry skills with a foundation certificate and at the end of three years, eligible students would be presented with a certificate. 

Highlighting the need for such industry skills training programmes, Prof Mangala Sunder, Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras, and founder-coordinator, Digital Skills Academy, IIT Madras, said, “Training opportunities provided to students could result in multiple outcomes; not only would one get to solve and get experience in industry-relevant problems but also would be able to think of designing new programmes and explore new start-up opportunities which will result in jobs to many others.” 

The courses would be offered in offline mode in educational institutions where more than 100 students sign up. In other institutions, it would be offered in hybrid mode, with around 60-75 per cent in online mode, and the remaining classes being in physical mode. The course fees will be between INR 5,000 and INR 7,000 per student per semester. 

R Achutharaman, founder and CEO of Gradskey, said, “Our skilling process and methodology is unique and key for the success of students acquiring the much-needed industry skills and problem-solving skills for their dream career goals.” 

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