GTT Adopts IEEE Computer Society's CSDA Certification

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 18 March, 2009 – Global Talent Track (GTT) of India has announced that it is adopting the IEEE Computer Society’s Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) certification to enable the Indian software engineering workforce to prepare for jobs in the software engineering community.

GTT, headquartered in Pune, specializes in providing employability skills to undergraduates who are seeking employment in the technology industry. Under the agreement with the IEEE Computer Society, GTT will adopt and actively market the CSDA to undergraduate computer science and software engineering students. GTT will become an IEEE CS Registered Education Provider (REP) and expects to prepare hundreds of thousands of students to successfully complete the CSDA exam over the life of the agreement.

“We have agreements with leading universities in India to bridge the gap between the academic curriculum and the requirements of the industry and train their students to become successful IT professionals,” said Uma Ganesh, CEO of GTT. “We are gearing up to train hundreds of thousands of students and one of our first initiatives is with the universities, where we are keen to prepare students to prepare for IEEE’s CSDA program. We have mapped our curriculum with the curriculum guidelines of CSDA and are confident that we should be able to equip the students with the required skills.”

The CSDA, designed for entry-level software developers, was introduced in May 2008 and rolled out worldwide in September. It is intended to provide undergraduate computer science and software engineering students their first credential toward a solid career foundation as a software development practitioner. The Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification is intended for mid-career software development practitioners.

The CSDA and the CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the newly-released ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide. The basis of both certifications is the Computer Society’s Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). For more information on the Computer Society’s certifications, go to http://www.computer.org/getcertified

As part of the IEEE’s India Initiative, the IEEE Computer Society is now extending its benefits to Indian technical institutions, especially the faculty and students of computer science, software engineering, IT and software applications. VIT University, Vellore recently became the first Indian university to sign an agreement to offer the CSDA certification to its students and entry-level software engineers. The Siemens Group in India is using both the CSDA and CSDP to raise software development standards within the company. The US-based Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a top-ranked engineering school, has also endorsed the CSDA.

About Global Talent Track

Global Talent Track (GTT) (www.gttconnect.com) is a venture that aims to address the current gap in the demand and supply of trained manpower and is designed “to deliver quality with scale.” Promoted by seasoned industry professionals from the IT, banking, BPO, and education sectors, GTT plans to provide a range of short- and long-term courses in a number of vocational fields, and expects to be training 5 million people within five years. GTT intends to create a unique ecosystem for supporting employment generation and will address the entire value chain for addressing the needs of students. GTT will work closely with universities and industry to design career-oriented learning content, provide the technology platform appropriate to host the content, and manage the entire learning delivery process.

About the Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

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