Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bits & bytes
Satyam to create 2,000 jobs in Malaysia

IT giant Satyam has chosen Malaysia as its largest software development hub outside India with a capacity to employ 2000 people in two years. The company's 100-seat Malaysian Global Solutions Centre will expand to over 500 seats in the next few months, according to Satyam Chairman Ramalinga Raju.

The centre is the first phase of the roll out of the company's 2000 seat Global Delivery Campus in Malaysia's IT park called Cyberjaya.

The Campus, which is scheduled to be operational by 2009 will offer 2000 jobs for Malaysian graduates, Raju said in Kuala Lumpur recently at the launch of the Campus.

Raju said the company's investment in Malaysia is reflected in the human capital.

Satyam, which has been accorded the Malaysian Super Corridor status, will spearhead the development of some critical systems and directly support the software needs of some of its Fortune 500 clients.

"In the last five to six years, we have grown significantly in Europe and Asia, including Middle East and Africa," Raju said. — PTI

Earn while you learn

Accounting software major Tally (India) Pvt Ltd recently launched a special programme that would allow the students to earn while they study the course to become certified professionals. The 'Pragati — Earn while you Learn' programme would empower the youth and provide them multiple benefits, it said in Hyderabad.

Addressing mediapersons, company's Vice-President, Sales (South Asia) Shoaib Ahmed said the students enrolled for Pragati would get an opportunity not only to hone their skills as certified accounting professionals but also become self-reliant by availing of earning opportunities.

The programme would also reach out to other sections like unemployed youth and homemakers, he said. "The scheme will allow students to work with companies or turn entrepreneurs," Ahmed added. — PTI

Aviation academy launches new centres

Avalon Aviation Academy, the aviation training wing of Aptech Limited, the global learning solutions company, has announced the launch of new centres across Delhi and NCR.

To cater to the needs of aviation training, the academy, has launched centres in South Extension and Rajouri Garden, besides its already existing centre at Gurgaon. The institute is also coming up with two more centres in Kamla Nagar and Ghaziabad.

“Aviation has become one of the most sought after career options these days. To cater to the growing demand of the students, we are launching these centres in different locations all over the city. All centres are easily accessible to the student community residing in the various parts of Delhi and NCR,” informs Preeti Malik, head of the academy. — TNS

Plan panel mulls skill vouchers

The Planning Commission is working on a proposal to provide financial incentive in the form of 'skill development vouchers' of Rs 7,500 per year to students of below poverty line (BPL) families to help them pursue vocational education and improve job prospects. Out of the Rs 7,500 voucher, a BPL student would be allowed to spend Rs 6,000 on tuition fees and Rs 1,500 on personal expenses, Plan panel sources said.

The proposal would form a part of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) being prepared by the Commission, they added.

The proposal to provide financial incentives to students belonging to 6.52 crore BPL families is aimed at improving their overall skill development and meet the growing demand for trained workforce in the country.

According to a Planning Commission analysis, almost 80 per cent new entrants to the workforce have no opportunity in skill development.

It further pointed out that both the public and private sector have the capacity to train only 31.66 lakh people per annum, while more than 1.28 crore enter the workforce every year.

In the existing workforce, less than 5 per cent has some kind of formal skill training, which is very low compared to 96 per cent in South Korea, 80 per cent in Japan, 75 per cent in Germany and 68 per cent in the United Kingdom. — PTI