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|November 10, 1997||
Unique IBM education centre openedWest Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu inaugurated Technocampus, the country's first IBM mainframe-based software development education centre in Calcutta.
The centre, set up by Globsyn Technologies in association with IBM and Webel, will run six-month full-time curriculum for software professionals and graduates in management engineering and accounting.
Bikram Dasgupta, chairman of the Globsyn group, said that the centre would
Mike Collery, director of IBM China/Hong Kong Corporation responsible for software business in the Asia-Pacific/West Asia, said the centre was one of its kind in the world and it could be a forerunner to such IBM-supported ventures elsewhere in India and abroad.
According to Collery, there was a worldwide shortage of skilled software managers who can walk into a global development centre without requiring in-company training.
Dasgupta said the centre would serve as a "finishing school" for software developers/managers with focus on current technology, application engineering and management. The course would impart training in database management on IBM mainframe, transaction-oriented application development, year 2000 solution development, Web application development using Java, Web content design and Internet set-up, Lotus Domino/Notes application development and AS/400 application development.
According to Professor Biswajit Nag, former chairman of the Electronics Commission, it was apt that Calcutta would host a unique training centre like Technocampus since the Indian Statistical Institute hosted the country's first computer in the city and the Jadavpur University introduced university-level computer education in the country.
Professor Nag is the chairman of the Technocampus academic council. Collery said IBM is looking for number of strategic partners in software business in areas such as banking, securities, telecom and manufacturing industry.
"In India we are still known as the business leader in hardware and not in software." For strategic alliances in India, IBM was in an advanced stage of negotiations with prospective local partners. He hoped the deals would be through by the end of this year.
- Compiled from the Indian media
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