100 Local IT Graduates To India For Two Weeks Training. How Useful Can It Be?
Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said this was made possible through a joint-venture between the ministry and Infosys Technology Limited (Infosys), an India-based international company involved in information and communication technology company.
"Infosys has its own training programme where the company takes in 1,000 graduates in India for training every year. Of the 1,000 trainees, we managed to get a quota of 100 for Malaysian graduates to join in the training which will begin in February next year," he told a press conference here Tuesday.
He said with the shortage of quality workers in IT, such a training would help raise the standard and capability of the local work force in the field.
Mustapa said he also noticed that not many students were keen to pursue IT studies in local public institutions of higher learning adding that this was on the presumption that they would have problems getting jobs after completing their studies.
Earlier in his speech, Mustapa said the drop in the number of IT graduates in the country was because of the attitude in the society which only looked at the aspect of employment opportunities. "Because of this bad perception, there is a drop in the quality and number of IT graduates," he added.
Infosys Technology Limited also has operations in Atlanta, London, Toronto, Zurich, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and New Delhi. The company has about 66,000 employees worldwide.
***** Firstly let me make it quite clear that I have nothing against enabling our IT grads to train overseas especially India. I do recognize that they are world leaders in the field and any cooperation with them will most definitely benefit us. I've also read of the excellence associated with the training party, Infosys Technology Limited (Infosys).
My doubts centre mostly on the time being spent for this training, a mere two weeks. The Indian grads who are also undergoing the same training are probably used to the system there and perhaps may require a shorter duration. When we come from a more or less alien environment compared to the locals there and maybe even a different system of learning, I wonder if such a 'condensed' training package will be worth the investment financially? As a layperson, somehow two weeks for me seems a trifle short for something as sophisticated as Information Technology. Perhaps an IT savvy reader could elaborate on this.
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