LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 January, 2010 – Purna Career Solutions (PCS), based in Chennai, India, announced a strategic partnership with the IEEE Computer Society to offer Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) training and certification.
Under the agreement, PCS will set up 22 learning centers by December to leverage the existing Indian talent pool and maximize benefits to the student community. The company plans to promote the Computer Society's CSDA and CSDP programs in all engineering colleges, universities and software companies in the state of Tamilnadu to help the IT industry secure qualified students right after graduation.
The CSDA, designed for entry-level software developers, was introduced in May 2008 and 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 CSDP certification is intended for mid-career software development practitioners.
The two certifications are the first to conform to the new ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide. The basis of both certifications is the Computer Society's Guide to the 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 IEEE's India Initiative, the IEEE Computer Society is 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.