LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 July, 2011 – Vignan University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Purna Career Solutions Pvt. Ltd. to offer IEEE Computer Society software development education programs to its students.
Vignan's agreement to offer the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), the SWEBOK Certificate Program (SCP), and the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) programs was signed by Dr. V Govardhana Rao, vice chancellor of Vignan University Foundation for Science, Technology, and Research; and Mr. R. Mahalingam, director of Purna Career Solutions, an IEEE Computer Society Registered Education Provider in India.
"We thank the IEEE Computer Society for the support, which, we are sure will enhance our students' competencies so that they will become part of the global workforce. Every engineer should be aware of engineering software and managing software projects," said Rao, adding that the agreement will also help connect Vignan University with other educational institutions using advanced technological and scientific approaches.
Vignan University Foundation for Science, Technology, and Research is a deemed university created under s/3 of UGC Act 1956. Promoted by Vignan Group, the university is well-known in the state of Andhra Pradesh for its pioneering efforts to develop holistic education programmes for its students.
Operating since 1980, Vignan offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electronics and communication engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, computer science and engineering, information technology, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology, mechatronics, automobile engineering, textile engineering, civil engineering, and management science.
In an effort to close the gap between theory and practice, Vignan has cooperative agreements with IBM; Infosys; HCL; Tata Consultancy Services; the US-based University of Massachusetts, Lowell; the National College of Ireland; and others. The campus is the recipient of gold medals for excellent performance in campus placements, academic achievement, and community development activities from the Governor of the province.
The SWEBOK Certificate Program, consisting of four learning modules with 25-plus hours of instruction each, was created to raise a university student's understanding and proficiency of the SWEBOK Guides' 15 Knowledge Areas. Each completed module will result in a certificate. By completing the four modules, a student will have a solid understanding of the software development lifecycle. This will give students an excellent foundation as they embark on a career in software development, and provide a stepping stone to the CSDA certification.
The CSDA, designed for entry-level software developers, 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 credential is currently being refreshed.
The CSDP certification is intended for mid-career software development practitioners. The CSDA and the CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide.
SWEBOK is the foundation for both certifications. Software practitioners worldwide participate in the Guide's development to ensure that it captures established traditional practices recommended by many organizations. The SWEBOK Guide uses a rigorous process that includes successive levels of review.
As part of 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, information technology, and software applications.