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IIT-Madras rolls out new career initiative for women

IIT-Madras rolls out new career initiative for women
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Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) has come up with a new initiative for women who aspire to return to a technical profession after a...

Hyderabad: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) has come up with a new initiative for women who aspire to return to a technical profession after a break in their career.

Giving details of the initiative, IIT-M Director, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi said it launched 'Career Back 2 Women (CB2Women)' initiative through its Digital Skills Academy.

As part of this, the training is offered to skill the women on their journey back to their careers. Candidates will get a choice to opt for any level as certificates will be issued for each level.

He said that the IIT-Madras Digital Skills Academy is using the latest platforms and has tied-up with Forensic Intelligence Surveillance and Security Technologies (FISST) to offer this programme.

The main reason for launching the CB2W is that many women who have quit their active careers for personal reasons have industrial experience and knowledge of IT.

They are immensely useful to many IT companies. Provided, if they can fit into current requirements immediately, he added.

Amit Aggarwal, VP and CEO, IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council, NASSCOM, said, "Women form a substantial portion of the IT-BPM industry, perhaps among the largest percentages in the formal sector.

However, in the new and emerging technologies, where job growth is going to be faster, the percentage of women is currently lower.

Lakshmi Narayanan, Co-Founder Cognizant Technologies and Chairman, Digital Skills Academy, IITM, said, Effort by IITM's Digital Skills Academy is aimed at upskilling capacity, at scale, that has been dormant and expressed confidence that the depth and rigour of these programs will create highly talented and competitive capacity that the IT industry badly needs."

Prof. K Mangala Sunder, Head, Digital Skills Academy, IIT Madras, said, "A large fraction of women who have mastered IT skills in the past and had to take a break in their professional career for various reasons, would be encouraged by the current program to reskill themselves.

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