PITB is working with a new energy, they have some new and seasoned professionals at helm and are seeking very close industry collaboration in moving forward. One of their initiative is to arrange an IT bootcamp for students.
Jehan Ara on her blog has covered this in detail here. There has always been talks about gaps the Industry faces when hiring new graduates and the time it takes to make that individual productive for any organization.Â PITB with the help of Local industry and Universities is trying to fund an effort for bridging this gap, and to get a feel of what industry wants they had rightly invited Industry for a talk on Tuesday.
The good thing was that Industry did turn up the room was full of people from Organizations as big as Oracle, Netsol to startups, each one with different opinion and different requirements, but every one prepared to listen to others point of view and making an effort to get best out of this opportunity provided by PITB.
I would list here few of the Ideas discussed (Though I have to apologize as I had to leave after first session, some one who stayed there might fill us up on the details), We can take what was discussed in that room and maybe have ideas from more CEOs and stake holders over here online.
Here are some of the discussions
Do we need a boot camp at all, Most of the participants agreed there was a need for such a boot camp while there was a small group that also proposed that instead of getting students in a lecture based environment Industry should be allowed to hire them and PITB subsidizes some of their initial training cost and shares with the organizations. How ever majority also agreed that such boot camps were a stop gap solution and a wider more prevalent solution like enhancing the curriculum and Industry participating in building the right talent should start earlier during college as well.
What should be taught at the boot camp, There was a discussion about weather to have a generalized training (like team building, and doing a project and learning pains of early job) or streams focused on different areas for example mobile apps, web 2.0 etc. Again as I said I had to leave there was a session that was to be done on this alone, so if some one was there please let us know.
Who should be the target audience Who should this program be geared towards do we take the best students gear them up and launch them? if the best students already have job offers do we take others train them bring them upto mark and launch them? should this be open to non students?
These are some areas discussed and you are all encouraged to give your comments.
Over all it was a very refreshing experience, hats off to PITB Management for getting people involved in this. I donâ€™t know at this point if the boot camp would be successful or not but I do know the spirit in which every one attended and tried to find a solution both all sides:the Industry, Academia and Government, good things will happen.