Synopsys, the US-headquartered world leader in software designing, and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in Hyderabad on Friday signed an agreement to establish microelectronics programme at the JNTU. The programme is aimed at training local talent and providing highly skilled specialists that can address the complex design requirements of semiconductor industry companies, an official said. The plan is for the newly established bachelors and masters programmes in JNTU-Hyderabad to provide skill development opportunities to more than 300,000 students every year. JNTU-Hyderabad is the largest nodal university in India with more than 300 affiliated colleges. Under the programme, Synopsys will give the university students access to the company's digital and embedded electronic design automation (EDA) software as part of its worldwide university programme. JNTU-Hyderabad will use the instructional services from Seer Akademi, a curriculum partner and member of the Synopsys University Programme, to effectively administer the curriculum and to ensure effective use. “The huge promise that India holds for the growth of the high tech electronics systems industry depends to a large extent on the availability of qualified, industry-ready, engineers,” said Doctor Pradip Dutta, corporate vice president and managing director at Synopsys India. “JNTU-Hyderabad is pleased to receive this unique honour,” said Vice-Chancellor D. Narasimha Reddy. “JNTU-Hyderabad's collaboration with Synopsys and Seer Akademi will result in a new generation of highly skilled industry ready graduates and professors” he added.