Computer Society Partner Holds Indian IT Jobs Seminar

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 28 July, 2009 – Global Talent Track (GTT), the IEEE Computer Society’s Registered Education Partner for certifications, recently held five seminars over a three-day period for recent IT graduates in India.

“Where Are the IT Jobs?” co-sponsored by the Indian newspaper Sakal, was held 23-25 July in Pune, India, where GTT is headquartered. The event was intended to provide recent grads with information on IT job opportunities in the current recession.

According to Sakal, 130,000 of the 230,000 employees that India’s IT industry absorbed last year were fresh graduates. However, the industry is expected to absorb only 50,000 new graduates in 2009-2010. Because of that, fresh IT graduates need highly polished skills and competencies to find a place in the competitive IT industry, said Dr. Uma Ganesh, GTT’s founder and CEO.

Indian companies now value quality over quantity, and graduates in India and elsewhere will find much fiercer competition for jobs. Dr. Ganesh said being able to develop software is not enough. These days, developing a thorough understanding of the entire software development cycle, including processes, is necessary to build the large-scale systems in use today.

The Computer Society’s Certified Software Development Associate for entry-level developers and its Certified Software Development Professional credential for mid-level professionals are tools that graduates can use to attain this knowledge. GTT provides employability skills development, including Computer Society certifications, to undergraduates seeking technology positions.

Angela Burgess, executive director of the IEEE Computer Society; Dr. Anand Bhalerao, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and principal of Bharati Vidyapeeth University College of Engineering; and Deepak Shikarpur, chairman of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture’s IT subcommittee; delivered presentations during the seminars.

GTT screens new graduates to measure their technical and soft skills and interests. Those who obtain a CSDA certification are offered internships at IT firms. 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

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