Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Higher Education

GUIDELINES FOR THE PROGRAMME OF FINISHING SCHOOLS FOR ENGINEERING GRADUATES TO BE ORGANIZED IN THE SUMMER OF 2009. 1.
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BACKGROUND
The NASSCOM-McKinsey Report 2005 indicated that the leading position of India in the global market can be improved further as the world becomes more “flat”. It estimated that the IT sector would grow at a rate of 25 % and reach a level of US $ 60 billion by 2010. The report indicated many key initiatives that would need to be undertaken. One of the key initiatives was to improve the talent supply. The report states that India will need 2.3 million-strong IT and BPO workforce by 2010 to maintain its current market share. It further states as follows: “Our supply projections indicate a shortfall of nearly 0.5 million qualified employees – nearly 70 % of which will be concentrated in the BPO industry. This gap can be bridged by the following initiatives: (a) expanding the pipeline of people willing to join the industry, (b) improving the quality of the potential and current workforce, and (c) better matching jobs to people so that attrition is reduced.”

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NASSCOM had made a presentation in the PMO in 2005 about the looming shortage of manpower in the IT/ITeS Sectors. Two issues were highlighted, namely, (i) the manpower that would be available in the IT/ITeS Sectors in terms of numbers, and (ii) the employability of engineering graduates. As far as the numbers are concerned, this may not turn out to be that serious in view of the anticipated growth rate of enrolment in engineering courses. However, the other problem, viz. employability of engineering graduates, needs serious

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3. currently. As new countries enter the market and competition for offshoring contracts intensifies. remaining IITs.6. Calicut and Thiruchirapally). a Working Group was set up by the Ministry of HRD on 27. The course suggested by this Expert Committee spans a total of 360 hrs as per the following breakup :- -2- . Jaipur. Warangal. had reviewed the engineering curriculum and suggested. According to the above Report.2006.4 From 2008. 1. The first batch of Finishing Schools were conducted on pilot basis in the summer vacation of 2008 at IIT Roorkee and in six NITs (Surathkal. only about 25% of technical graduates and 10 – 15% of general college graduates are suitable for being employed in the IT and BPO Industries. 3. and one of the recommendations of this Working Group was to start “Finishing Schools” to impart training to engineering graduates so as to bridge the gap between their knowledge/skills and the needs of the industry. 2. a structure and base curriculum for the Finishing schools. Durgapur. in 2007. India must improve the quality and skills of its workforce.1 COURSE DESIGN An Expert Committee under the chairmanship of Prof Ashok Jhujhunwala. NITs and other Centrally-funded technical educational institutions would also be expected to conduct Finishing Schools for which some broad guidelines are given below. 1.attention.3 To address the issue of employability of graduate Engineers. OBJECTIVES OF THE FINISHING SCHOOL PROGRAMME To enhance the employability of engineering graduates for the IT and ITeS sectors by imparting them necessary soft skills and IT skills.

120 hrs.80 candidates in a Finishing School. 3. 3.3 • Course Methodology & Evaluation Study materials in the form of lecture notes and work sheets should be provided to the candidates. Boarding and lodging facilities should be provided to the desirous students by the institute concerned on payment of suitable charges. • • • • Candidates should be given training in Group Discussion and Interview skills.(i) (ii) (iii) 2 Core Modules of 80 hrs each One Optional Module Open Labs & Computers Total 160 hrs 80 hrs. Two phase NASSCOM Assessment of Competence (NAC) – Tests (Phase-I being diagnostic. Mock Group Discussion and Interviews should be held. 4. -3- . an institution may admit about 60 .2 Details of the above modules suggested by the Expert Committee are given in the Annexure. The exact optimum number may be determined by the institution. final test) should be conducted. Individual institutions may suitably adapt this course design. INTAKE Generally. keeping in view its resources and other local circumstances. 3. keeping in view local requirements and resources.to assess the need of the candidate for the training and PhaseII. Periodical feedback should be obtained through weekly assignments and tests.4 Residential Requirement While it would be desirable for the trainees to stay on the institutions’ campus. 360 hrs. this need not be compulsory.

in case of vacancies remaining in a Finishing School. It should also say that the School is meant essentially for engineering graduates who have not been able to get employment within one year of graduation. 5. 5. FACULTY FOR THE FINISHING SCHOOLS -4- . However. the organizing institution may also seek freshly recruited candidates from IT/ITeS industries in their surrounding areas. with reservations for SC & ST candidates as per GOI norms. It should also be borne in mind that the Finishing School is meant essentially for Engineering graduates of institutions other then the likes of IITs and NITs. as well as the total number of seats.1 SELECTION OF CANDIDATES Inviting of Applications Institutions which propose to organize the Finishing Schools should issue advertisements in local newspapers (and electronic media) about three months before the commencement date inviting applications from engineering graduates who desire to undergo the Finishing School. 5.2 Selection of Candidates The selection criteria should be merit based. which may wish to sponsor them for the Finishing School. 6.3 Sponsored candidates While the Finishing Schools are meant primarily for unemployed engineering graduates. The advertisement should clearly spell out the objectives and content of the programme. the Institute may fill them up with general category candidates as these are shortterm courses.5. if reserved seats remain unfilled.

advertisement etc. which were charged as per actuals. the Course Director (and possibly some other faculty members) would be oriented in a leading technical education institution. and should spare about four faculty members (one each for (i) Communicative English and (ii) Management. From the year 2008 onwards. and two for Computer courses) for the Finishing School. The teaching and laboratory staff was to be paid as per existing norms of the Institute. Expenses on TA/DA of the faculty will be borne by the participating institution. details about which will be sent separately.1 Each participating institution should designate a suitable and senior faculty member as the Course Director for the Finishing School. The Institutes were asked to utilize their existing infrastructure and hence.6.5000 as course fee. nearby industries should also be invited to depute suitable persons as guest faculty to train students in industry specific matters. Most of this was to be recouped from the fee charged from the students for the course and the balance was to be met out of the institutes’ Non Plan budget. the remaining financial parameters being as mentioned above. Prior to the commencement of Finishing School. 7. organizing institutions would be expected to fix the course fee in such a manner that they are able to fully recover all operating expenses on the Finishing School.2 Local Guest Faculty In addition to institute’s own faculty. FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS In the pilot Finishing Schools organized in 2007. in addition to the boarding and lodging charges. -5- . 6. each student was charged Rs. course material. expenditure was expected to be incurred only on payment of honorarium to the teaching and laboratory staff.

For the summer schools to be organized in 2008. 40% of the 301 who appeared in the NAC Tech Test) were offered jobs. ****** -6- . PLACEMENT In 2007. in association with NASSCOM and IT/ITeS industry if the surrounding areas. Of these. in which industries had participated. a total of 448 students attended the Finishing Schools in the seven participating institutions. A job fair was organized by NASSCOM after the conclusion of the Finishing Schools. so that placement is as close to 100% as possible. 301 students appeared for the final NACTech test and passed it. an appropriate and effective placement strategy would need to be adopted by each participating institution.8. 122 students (i.e.

Management Skills c. Information Systems and Modeling d. C#. II. Real life examples to be used throughout. Employability Skills d. J2EE IV. In-class assignments are important. Basics of Business e. Review of Data Structures: b. V. ASP Open Labs & Computer Assignments: Details to be worked out by the organizing Institutions. S. III.ANNEXURE Details of Finishing School Modules suggested by the Expert Committee in 2007. Object Oriented Programming c.No. Communication Skills b. Dot net. Open Source Specialization : Option II Web programming: I. Java. Soft Skills 3 Specialization : Option I Programming: 3. 1 Core Topics Core: I Duration 80 Hours (50 hours lectures + 30 hours in-class practice) 20 hours 20 hours 20 hours 20 hours a. Development Life Cycles Software 2 Core : II a. 80 Hours 40 hours (16 lectures + 24 practice) 15 hours 10 hours 05 hours 10 hours 80 Hours 50 hours lectures + 30 hours in-class practice 4 80 Hours 50 hours lectures + 30 hours in-class practice 120 hours Assisted by non-faculty/ Teaching Assistants 5 -7- . XML II.