Hyderabad: Telangana Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) has entered into a partnership with TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), to provide industry-relevant courses aimed at improving employability quotient of students in the state.

Aligned to the UGS/AICTE framework, the programme comprises three majors – Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science and is offered in collaboration with TCS iON, academic institutions, and industry practitioners.

The carefully crafted industry-relevant degree programme provides students with hands-on experience and allows them to build industry-ready skills. The programme provides opportunities for students to showcase skills to potential recruiters.

Telangana Minister for Education Sabitha Indra Reddy said there is a huge gap between academic degrees and industry readiness. "Hence, we are confident that these courses curated by academic and industry experts will help students align with the industry prerequisites. Additionally, the platform will help students to connect with a larger number of corporates where they can explore the possibilities of internships and job opportunities," she said.

She said the Telangana government will continue to work towards empowering the youth with the relevant skills.

Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON said they are happy to collaborate with the Telangana Council of Higher Education and the universities to provide trending courses that are curated in collaboration with academic and industry experts.

"We will be using an innovative physical delivery model in this course that integrates industry, content publishers, experienced academicians, technology companies and last-mile academic delivery centers," he said.

Vice-chairman of Telangana State Planning Board B. Vinod Kumar assured complete cooperation and support of the government of Telangana.

Explaining the salient features of the collaboration, TSCHE Vice-Chairman Prof. R. Limbadri said they have received a very encouraging response to the initiative introduced last year. However, it was delayed due to COVID-19.

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