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Centre For Electronic Governance: Changing The Employment Landscape In Rajasthan

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Dr Sandeep Kumar

The objectives of Centre for Electronic Governance (CEG) is to promote interaction between the government, academia and the industry; produce industry ready IT professionals; develop and deploy e-Governance applications in a cost-effective manner, writes Dr. Sandeep Kumar, Director, Center for Electronic Governance (CEG), for Elets News Network (ENN).

Founded in 2006 under the Society Act 1956, the Centre for Electronic Governance (CEG) is an autonomous body of Government of Rajasthan under the Department of Technical Education.

Rajasthan is the second state in the country to be running this kind of a program after the highly acclaimed “Jawahar Knowledge centre” in Andhra Pradesh.

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CEG has been established with an aim to create industry employable IT professionals by the way of arranging seminars, lectures, vocational training, and industry relevant software training.

The affairs of the society are carried out by two councils – Governing Council (GC) and Executive Council (EC). The president of GC is the Minister for Technical Education and the chairman of EC is Secretary, Department of Technical Education.

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Its objectives are to promote interaction between the government, academia and the industry; produce industry ready IT professionals; develop and deploy e-Governance applications in a cost-effective manner; organise engineering seminars and lectures with eminent engineers and scientists; update the curriculum as per the needs of the industry; and empower students living in rural areas to bridge the urban-rural gap.

CEG’s activities include providing trainings and internship programs for engineering, MCA and Diploma students, providing faculty development programs, workshops for skill enhancement using virtual learning, running an IGNOU study centre for BCA, MCA, CIT and PGDIS, among others; providing Rajasthan State Certificate of Information Technology (RS-CIT) training in collaboration with Rajasthan Knowledge Corporation Limited (RKCL); and providing skill development training in collaboration with Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation (RSLDC). The society also includes a state level central placement cell.

The society has many projects in pipeline, including – an MoU signed with Directorate Local Bodies for skill training on Tally and software development; training on System Analytical Software (SAS) for engineering college faculties; admission process and placement cell web portal development; affiliation with Rajasthan ILD Skill University (RISU); an MoU signed with Start for an incubation centre; MBA and MCA courses.

TRAINING STATISTICS

CEG has many facilities in campus, including – highly committed and experienced faculties for various technical courses; five well furnished AC labs having about 140 computers; AC classrooms having projector facility; and all the labs have internet facility with 20 mbps Wi-Fi connectivity and high speed servers.

The society is presently running around 50 courses on programming languages, design softwares, etc., and has tie-ups with companies like Red Hat, CISCO, Microsoft and Oracle, among others. CEG’s upcoming activities include – working as state coordinator for the establishment of e-Yantra Labs in 15 Engineering /Polytechnic colleges, which are to be established in technical collaboration with IIT Bombay; working as State Coordinator for the establishment of seven incubation centres at all the divisional headquarters, including one centre at CEG as well; and establishment of 3D Printing and Robotics Lab at CEG.

By offering such a large range of training programmes in IT related fields, CEG has set an example for other skilling institutes in the country. And by doing so, the society has made its contribution in reducing the skill gap that exists between academia trained individuals and industry requirements

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