Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Infosys plans Masters, Doctorate programmes

Infosys is looking at creating an Infosys Masters — and may be even a Doctorate — programme. With the company under its new CEO Vishal Sikka attempting to move quickly up the technology value chain and build an enterprise based on intellectual property, it wants to raise the level of the programmes it offers, including at its sprawling training campus in Mysore.

"People can acquire credits taking courses, and if, say, over a 5-year period, they accumulate enough credit points, we will call them Infosys Master. Similarly, if people do something for ten years, we may call them Infosys Doctor. These are some of the things we are thinking out aloud," said U B Pravin Rao, COO of Infosys, in an hour long discussion with the TOI.

The company will have courses in newer technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud and analytics. The idea is to push its engineers to climb the technical ladder and take on senior technical roles.

Rao said the foundation training at the Mysore campus had been a big success. Infosys is now creating learning modules in different formats — courses that can be accessed in a classroom environment or online. "Employability increases through learning. When we conducted exit interviews with people, inevitably 9 out of 10 people talked glowingly about their experience in Mysore and the need for such continued engagement," Rao said.

The firm is also strengthening its learning programme through global university alliances. It has tied with D. School, the Institute of Design at Stanford, to train its employees in design thinking. It has partnered with the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering (ICME) in Stanford to develop curriculum in data science and analytics and will undertake joint research to find solutions to key industry issues.

It has entered into an agreement with the University of Berlin to create an R&D centre focused on emerging technologies. Rao said the company would bring out cases based on experience in working with a diverse set of clients and work with the university to design curriculum. "We will look how we can apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve real world problems," he said.

Source: The Times of India, October 29, 2014

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