Published: 27th February 2017
Here's why Data Science is the next big thing
KMIT wants their data science students to be well-equipped to joing the industry before finishing their course
Often, companies invest their time and resources to train freshers to fit the bill. But wouldn’t it be convenient if this training happened at the college-level instead? That's what the Center of Excellence (CoE), an initiative by VirtusaPolaris along with Adobe does for the Data Science students of Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology (KMIT), Hyderabad. "The demand for data science is growing exponentially and we see a gap between the industry and academia. This is aimed at filling that gap. We want the students to be job-ready by the time they finish the course," says Neil Gogte, Director of KMIT.
In the past decade, there has been a significant and growing demand for data-savvy professionals. But, the supply is limited. "Data Science is at that place where Computer Science was a couple of decades ago. At the time, all we had were diplomas and certificate courses. This is exactly the scenario with Data Science today. It’s the next big thing. We at KMIT have a School of Data Science and are working with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University to offer formal education in this space," explains Neil Gogte.
While not many are aware of this branch of study, the CoE might be the need of the hour to equip students with the skills they need. “Educational institutes are constantly challenged today with the pressure of bringing their curricula and teaching methodologies up to speed with the latest trends in the marketplace. As a step in this direction, Adobe is working with institutes like KMIT to train students on our technology and enhance their employability quotient to meet the latest demands of the industry," says Kulmeet Bawa, Managing Director, South Asia, Adobe.
The CoE provides students with customised workforce development as a data scientist in an organisation suited to their needs. “Joint initiatives by the industry and academia will play an important role in bridging the talent gap in the years to come. Training individuals for the jobs of the future and allowing them to visualise what is possible today will not only make a difference in their lives but will also enrich our communities,” explains Narasing Rao Akula, Senior Director and Asia Head, CEM practice, VirtusaPolaris.
"Having quality technical skills in the fields of Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning is important for a student today to be recruited in this technological age. And receiving training in Adobe Experience Manager has helped during the recruitment process,” says Sandeep Reddy, a former student of KMIT, applauding the initiative.