Technical colleges cheer cloud education

The action around campus placements is picking up. And this time, engineering colleges or T-schools have a bunch of modern geeks to offer to the hi-tech companies. At present, the buzzword in the $60 billion Indian software industry is 'cloud computing', and our home-grown technical institutions realise that. While many have already introduced specialised courses or full semesters on cloud computing, some are on their way.

Renowned names like IITs, IIIT-Hyderabad, IIIT-Delhi comprehend the importance of cloud computing in their educational curriculum and research projects, along with the infrastructural support that cloud can provide them.

Taking the latest example, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Delhi is about to launch a specialised course in cloud computing from the next semester. It will also be introducing cloud computing in the educational curriculum from the current semester for its 300 odd students in the college. Pushpendra Singh, assistant professor at the institute says, "Students are very keen to learn cloud computing and the demand has come from their eagerness to learn innovative technology. We are enthusiastic to use the cloud platform for research as well as education." The institute uses Google act engine and Microsoft as platforms for cloud computing.

A few technical schools projected the importance of adding cloud in their educational curriculum much earlier. Vasudeva Varma, associate professor, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad, takes us through the journey of the institute, "We are conducting a cloud computing course for the last three years—which is very popular. This was perhaps the first course in India on cloud computing. About 100 students take this course today, the number was 45 three years back. It is not a compulsory course, but it is a very popular elective course."

He further elaborates that this course was developed taking inputs from Yahoo! Cloud Computing group. Many industry leaders from Yahoo!, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pramati give guest lectures in the course. It is a full semester course which expands over a five month period.

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