HYDERABAD: In these changing times, when consumers of technology and software have diversified, there should be a representation of this diversity in the back end too.
With this motive, TalentSprint, dedicated to empower careers of youngsters designed Women In Software Engineering (WISE), a programme to connect women engineers to the hitech industry jobs by training and creating better skill sets or them.
The three-year-old programme that is a bridge between engineering colleges and industries, was started in BVRIT Women’s College in Hyderabad and then partnered with Sri Vishnu Engineering College for Women in Bhimavaram, West Godavari.
“We wanted to create a channel to bring women in software to the fore while creating better career opportunities that also provide higher compensation. Besides this, college branding was an important objective. Based on this, WISE was created and currently more than 220 WISE candidates have been placed with hi-tech firms,” informed Santanu Paul, co-founder and CEO, TalentSprint. Unlike most other skill-development programmes that are introduced in the final year of engineering, WISE starts right in the first year of engineering and students take it up as part of their course work. Designed in three modules - WISE helps in enhancing their coding skills, enabling them to work in teams and also in building presentation skills. The best of the lot have an opportunity to be mentored by Microsoft.
“These students had the chance to get a taste of how the software industry works. They learn from real life tasks and experiences. From ideating to ensuring that their product is placed on the cloud, they go through everything,” said Charu Srinivasan, Partner Group Engineering Manager, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft India (R&D)
Santanu shared that TalentSprint has no specific plans to tie up with colleges but he is sure that they will meet the target of grooming 1,000 women by 2017.