Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most popular technologies that we have today. Though a lot of us are employing the technology in our daily lives one way or another, our schools and colleges have still not fully embraced the technology in their curriculum as a result of which, we today have a country whose pool is largely unskilled to take the technology forward from what it is today now. In order to do something about the issue, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has decided to kick off a ‘Foundation Skills in IoT’ course which will work towards charting the future path for the sustained growth of the domain by creating skilled IT professionals.

The course was launched by NASSCOM’S Sector Skills Council at the ninth edition of NASSCOM’s marquee Design and Engineering Summit held in Bengaluru. Discussing the meta narrative ‘Digital Engineering: Convergence of Disruptive Technologies’, the event saw industry professionals and experts coming together from all around the world to discuss their ideas and opinion on the impact that novel cloud technologies like IoT, Industry 4.0 and IoT are and will be inflicting on the ER&D sector. The Foundation skills course was unveiled at an
exclusive round table where industry biggies talked in detail about the importance of skilling and reskilling for digital relevance.

One of the primary goals that the ‘Foundation Skills in IoT’ courseware aims to achieve is to provide the Indian youth with the basic understanding of IoT which can not only help them in engineering education but also widen their employment horizon. The course would encompass introduction to IoT and its architecture, industry applications and use cases in various sectors like aerospace, agriculture, automotive, construction, energy, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, retail and transportation. It also includes a mandatory project work at the end of the course so as to provide the students a practical exposure of what all they had been studying.

The material for the course has been charted under the guidance of subject matter specialists from various fields. While drafting the course material, NASSCOM made sure that they were including all the fundamentals regarding the IoT industry.

Dr Sandhya Chintala, executive director, IT-ITeS SSC NASSCOM and vice-president, NASSCOM took the podium to talk about the newly launched course and said, “With the IoT revolution reshaping roles and businesses across verticals, we hope to create more opportunities and re-skill the IT workforce further to catalyze the digital revolution. The launch of ‘Foundation skills in IOT’ aims to charter the future roadmap for the sustained growth of the domain by creating skilled IT professionals.”

Adding to what Chintala said, Samir Yajnik, president – Global Delivery & COO, Asia Pacific at Tata Technologies and Talent Lead – ERD Sub-sector IT-ITeS SSC NASSCOM shared, “Digitisation entails effective convergence of both people and businesses on a base of connected technologies powered by the Internet of Things. In the face of an all-engulfing technology disruption, we can no longer consider IT to be a separate function. This makes it even more imperative for us to equip and upskill our workforce if we want our talent to stay pertinent. The launch of ‘Foundation Skills in IoT’ is a step towards this right direction. It is SSC NASSCOM’s latest initiative to bridge the existing skills-gap in the industry, and I am happy to be a part of this exciting program.”

Overall, the NASSCOM Summit proved to be a great hit with numerous brainstorming sessions and debates on some of the hottest industry topics, right from data-driven design and gender diverse innovation to the artificial intelligence revolution and digital product experiences etc. The summit largely highlighted the leadership that the IT industry commands in the renaissance of emerging technologies and how organisations can prepare themselves if they want to stay ahead in the game.

This development was first reported in Autocarpro.

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