IBM Academic Initiative (AI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, on to conduct a series of Faculty Development Programs (FDP) across affiliate colleges of PTU. IBM AI program has been created to equip educational institutions with the latest IT tools in the market, to better prepare students for the professional world.
PTU vice chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said that this partnership was aimed at making faculty and students familiar with IBM technologies in pursuit of their academic excellence. IBM is offering this as a pilot project to PTU looking into the potential offered by faculties and students of PTU. This collaboration will initially help in training and certifying 300 faculty of PTU and impacting knowledge base development of more than 1500 PTU students on software technologies that will increase their employability. The development program will cover all affiliated colleges of PTU and extended to students across all the colleges of PTU, said a PTU spokesperson.
Meanwhile Karthik Padmanabhan, country manager – ISV & developer relations, IBM India, said, “This partnership aims to bridge the academia-industry gap by training the faculty and students on cutting edge software tools and technologies. The ongoing series of faculty development programs will ensure smoother knowledge transition to students.”