Microsoft Corporation India is a rolling out an employability enhancement and internship-placement support program at Indian technical and non-technical colleges. It aims to tie-up with colleges where its technologies, training support, certifications and in the later stage connections to internship and placement will be available, Sanket Akerkar, Managing Director,Microsoft Corporation India told in Pune. Microsoft will provide most of the technologies for free and some at subsidised costs to colleges coming into the program.
Akerkar launched the program at Pune where he addressed a meeting of the company’s resellers, who will further take the program to colleges. Every college which aims to become a part of this program — the company calls it Ed-vantage–, can send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and start the process to get in to the program.
“Employability is a major challenge for companies and also for colleges,” he said. The country’s IT/ITES industry association Nasscom last year came up with the now famous statistics of only 25% technical graduates being employable. A study by MBAUniverse-Meritrac pegged MBA employability at 21% in August this year. Early this week, assessment company Aspiring Minds in a report stated that employability is below 10% for functional role in HR, marketing or finance, and as low as 2.5% for business consulting roles.