Talent hunt launched in K'taka

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Mysore, Mar 26 (UNI) The Department of Information Technology, Bio-Technoogy and Science and Technology and Raman International Institute of Information Technology (RIIIT) today launched talent hunt, to reach out to colleges across the state.

Inaugurating the programme at Vidya Vikas Engineering Institution, Jitender Singh, Special Officer on Duty said the initiative was taken by the department in association with RIIIT in the city and it has emerged as one of the prominent education hubs in the country.

Mr Singh said non-availability of quality manpower in the last few years has been causing concern. Statistics revealed that about four-lakh engineers, apart from graduates, pursuing science and other courses, who pass out every year, but only 25 per cent of students were given employment in the IT sector.

He said the present assessment test, which would be conducted as part of the IT Talent Hunt-2008, helped students to assess their skills and abilities. The department was expected to conduct the talent hunt all over the State at the divisional levels for about 10,000 students during this year, he added.

The results and names of successful students would be uploaded in the IT department's website, which would be accessed by IT companies.

He claimed that RIIIT would cater to the needs of various companies.

The official said the Union Government had sought the model of RIIIT for planning to adopt it in other States.

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