New Avenues: Gururaj Deshpande and Jayashri Deshpande launching the finishing school programmes of the International Institute of Information Technology-Hubli Dharwad, in Hubli on Thursday. IIT-B Director S. Sadagopan is seen.
HUBLI: After having remained inactive for four and half years, the International Institute of Information Technology Hubli-Dharwad (IIIT-HD) finally became functional with the launching of two Finishing School Programmes by IIIT-Bangalore here on Thursday.Chairman and CEO of Sycamore Networks, U.S., Gururaj Deshpande and Jayashri Deshpande, co-founder of Deshpande Foundation, formally launched the new programmes at the state-of-the-art IIIT-HD campus housed in the IT Park in Hubli on Thursday.Director of IIIT-B S. Sadagopan announced that two finishing school programmes — certification programmes in Information Technology-Outsourcing and Embedded and Real Time Systems — would be offered to students of north Karnataka on its Hubli campus. IIIT-HD would be partnering with Unified Softech and Micro Academy of Hubli for imparting training in the specified fields.Mr. Sadagopan explained why it took them four and half years after IIIT-B’s Hubli campus was formally inaugurated, to launch a programme. He said: “IIIT-B’s Hubli campus was ready before the IIT-B was ready to take up the task. Since we believed in quality we did not want to hurry.”He said the subjects for the certification programme were chosen after careful consideration.To a query, he said that including both the programmes the intake would be around 50.The first batch would start in February and would end with a placement exercise at the end of May. In the next academic year, IIIT-HD would be able to run three batches to train about 150 students, he said.Mr. Sadagopan said IIIT-B would be continuing the programme of “training the trainers.”