IBM Global Services India has signed a deal with the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government, India, to promote IT education at the grassroots level as well as build capacity and improve skills of the IT workforce. The programme is called Initiative to Nurture a Vibrant IT Ecosystem (INVITE). < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The MoU was signed by Munindra K Bharti of IBM and UP Industrial Development Commissioner Atul Gupta. Elaborating on the need for the programme for IT excellence, Bharti said the need for skilled IT professionals was greater than ever. For the government, the objective of the programme is to build a repository of e-Governance/solutions/prototypes and make it freely available to the government agencies solution providers and the academia. For the academia, INVITE aims to involve students of technical colleges and universities for creating solutions for local state e-Governance at various levels and conduct technical seminars and workshops in major cities in the state to benefit local college teachers and IT entrepreneurs. IBM has so far successfully implemented INVITE in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka. UP's principal secretary (IT), Zohra Chatarjee, said INVITE would help in promoting quality IT education at all technical colleges and at the sub-division and village levels, besides upgrading distance education. The IT department was only a facilitator of the programme, she added.