Nokia launches unique employee initiative 'NEST'

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Chennai, Sep 19 (UNI) Nokia, world leader in mobile communications, today launched a unique employee initiative Nurturing Employees and Schooling Talent (NEST) at its manufacturing plant in association with the SRM University.

This unique industry-academia partnership was formally launched with the signing of an MoU with SRM University.

As per the MoU, two specialised B Tech degrees would be offered to select employees at Nokia's Sriperumbudur facility.

The MoU was signed by Nokia India, Operations and Logistics Director Sachin Saxena and SRM University Chancellor T R Pachamuthu in the presence of Vice-Chancellor P Sathyanarayanan.

This initiative was aimed at offering continuous education to diploma holders, amongst the employees of Nokia manufacturing facility, to acquire an engineering degree.

''This is open to employees from the Nokia shop floor who are selected as per the eligibility criteria of SRM University. Selected employees can either opt for B Tech degree in Mechatronics/Mechanical stream or B Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering as per the regulations for lateral entry students of SRM University,'' a release here said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Saxena said this pioneering initiative reiterated Nokia's commitment to skill development of its employees. ''NEST, a seven-semester credit-based on-site programme, will offer a fully sponsored continuous education opportunity to our employees even while they are working.'' Mr Pachamuthu said there were more than three lakh diploma holders in India and 71,000 in Tamil Nadu. Only ten per cent had pursued their higher studies, while the rest remained at the same level of qualification inspite of existence of off-campus and distance learning programmes.

The credit-based programme had been initiated with a three-fold objective of empowering technical talent, developing engineering capability and facilitating internal job movements and greater career planning. ''Two fully furnished classrooms have already been set up within the Nokia premises. Classes will be conducted by the SRM faculty during weekdays with practical sessions at the SRM premises'', he added.

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