Cisco, Kii to set up Centres of Excellence (Source: The Hindu)

Cisco, Kii to set up Centres of Excellence (Source: The Hindu)

In a shot in the arm to the International Institute of Digital Technologies (IIDT) set up four months ago, IT and networking giant Cisco and Kii Corporation of Japan have agreed to establish Centres of Excellence (CoE) on the new campus coming up on the outskirts of Tirupati.

While Cisco will start a CoE on Internet of Things, cyber security and analytics, Kii Corporation will establish a centre for research and development on IoT-related applications shortly.

Asked to comment on the feedback in four months of their journey after setting up India’s premier institute in digital technologies, Special Chief Secretary and IT Advisor to Chief Minister J.A. Chowdary told The Hindu that the industry-centric pedagogy and out-of-the-box approach to do away with regimented education syllabus had evoked a big response from various sectors.

The IIDT is now conducting classes for the first batch of students admitted to the one-year post-graduate programme in cyber security and business analytics at Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, he said. Their thrust was on making them acquire knowledge in new age technologies as well as improve communication skills to become global leaders.

“We have tied up with 80 big names in IT world. We are in the process of arranging global mentors on an average one for two students to get proper mentoring and guidance lifelong like Godfathers,” Mr. Chowdary said, declaring that their dream was to develop the IIDT on the lines of ISB, Hyderabad.

He said that for the first batch students had preferred to quit lucrative careers in Amazon, TCS and Infosys to learn digital skills at the IIDT. He exuded confidence that there would be encouraging response for the second batch for which an all-India entrance test would be conducted on June 25.

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