LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 13 September, 2011 – IEEE Computer Society Executive Director Angela Burgess recently toured India with IEEE Director of India Operations Harish Mysore to meet with technology companies and universities interested in learning more about education, training, and membership opportunities.
Based in IEEE India's Bangalore office, Mysore is responsible for expanding IEEE's membership base, improving the membership experience, encouraging standards development, and attracting IEEE seminars and conferences to India. A 25-year technology veteran, he previously worked for IBM India Labs, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Analog Devices, and Wipro.
The 24-30 August tour included meetings with IBM, Siemens, and the Advanced Computer and Communications Society in Bangalore. Siemens has been supporting the IEEE Computer Society's two software development certifications—the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) for entry-level developers and the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) for mid-career developers—since 2009.
At Infosys's 337-acre Mysore campus, they toured the Global Education Centre (GEC), recognized as one of the world's largest training facilities. Infosys, a world leader in consulting and information technology services, has endorsed the CSDA and CSDP and is using the two credentials to help raise software development standards within the company.
An important stop on the itinerary was to Chennai-based Computer Society Registered Education Provider (REP) Purna Career Solutions, headed by R Mahalingham. Purna is offering its academic and corporate partners the CSDA, the CSDP, and the Guide to Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), on which the certifications are based. Purna has been a critical player in the introduction of the Software Certificate Program (SCP), which is now being offered to 800 students at four universities and colleges. The company plans to sign up additional organizations to offer the SCP and the two certifications.
In Chennai, Purna arranged a seminar for 1,500 students and faculty at SRM University, where Burgess made a presentation about the importance of the SCP and the two certifications for students.
At the LNM Institute of Information Technology and Vivekananda Institute of Technology (VIT) in Jaipur, Burgess and Mysore delivered seminars on the global outlook for technology workers. Mysore also judged a student poster session organized by the IEEE Student Branch at VIT.