Infosys to expand training programme; rope in top 5 players

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New Delhi, Aug 12 (UNI) With the Indian IT sector heading for a manpower crunch, IT outsourcing giant Infosys today said it is in discussion with the top five software exporters for setting up a training programme.

''We are already running a training programme called Campus Connect and Genesis, which are running in 502 colleges. Now, we are in discussion with top five software exporters to extend it to Tier-II and III cities,'' Infosys Vice President and Group Head (HRD) Nandita Gurjar told reporters here.

Infosys, however, refused to name the partner companies.

Campus Connect focuses on aligning the needs of engineering colleges, the faculty and students with the needs of the industry, thus preparing ''industry-ready'' professionals, while Genesis trains the teachers in the graduation colleges.

''We want to extend the programme because the entire industry is feeling the need of trained manpower. And the leaders need to come forward to train the youth and make them ready for the industry,'' Ms Gurjar said.

The companies can either choose particular states or colleges and then invest in the infrastructure to train the students there.

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