Descon inks deal with Jaintec to train engineers


Kolkata : Engineering and manufacturing services company Jaintec Tuesday signed an agreement with public sector IT company Descon to train engineers as well as to bridge the gap between technical education and industry competitiveness.

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"We have designed this course for the engineering students passing out from different technical institutions here in West Bengal. A recent NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) study reveals that only a fourth of the 400,000 engineering students graduating every year are employable in the industry," Jaintec CEO Ashish Kumar told reporters here after signing the deal.

Intelsys Technologies Pvt Ltd, another IT company holding 20 percent stake in the venture, also signed the agreement.

Initially, the training institute would be operating from its temporary centre in central Kolkata but would be shifted to Salt Lake Sector-V later, Kumar said.

"The average course duration is about 80 hours and there would be 86 modules altogether to provide training to the engineering students," he said, adding that Jaintec-Descon is also looking at the country's northeastern region to start some similar training centres there.

Kumar said the Kolkata centre would be the company's second joint venture initiative after Dehradun.

"West Bengal, along with the rest of the country, produces a good number of engineering graduates every year but hardly any of them are up to the industry standard. This is due to lack of industry-relevant skills. Now it has reached an alarming stage," said Descon Managing Director S. Radhakrishnan.

Descon, promoted by Dishergarh Power Supply Company Ltd in 1995, has over 200 engineers in its in Salt Lake office here.