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IIHT successfully creates a network of 470 colleges in 19 locations across India to facilitate skilling and generating employment opportunities across IT sector

New Delhi, 18th March 2019: Indian Institute of Hardware Technology, the international IT talent transformation organization, initiates a nation-wide placement drives to facilitate skilling and employment opportunity for tech students across India. IIHT has approached over 470 colleges in 19 locations across India for the initial assessments of candidates and scheduling more colleges in the coming weeks. IIHT has conducted placement drives for a multitude of tech giants,recently placing over 170 students over the last two months for Legato Health Technologiesalone.

With the aim to bridge the gap between academia and the industry, IIHT has designed a ‘Train-Hire-Deploy’ model wherein students are trained, assessed and placed in accordance to very specific industry needs, therebyensuring quality placements. The constantly changing IT landscape compels students to break away from traditional college curricula and continuously upgrade their skills to become employable and contribute to the growth of the IT economy.

IIHT connects with IT companies to understand their workforce requirements in technology terms and approaches colleges with assessments for the same technology. Students qualifying the assessment with a minimum of 60% are scheduled for training at IIHT. In the deployment phase, interviews are conducted by recruiting clients and qualified aspirants receive offer letters for onboarding without any bench time.

India has a wide disconnect between education and acquiring skills because of a cultural focus on merely academic learning and professional qualification. As a result, only 7% of today’s engineering graduates are deemed employable. In a volatile and ever-evolving environment like that of the IT industry, mere formal educational qualifications are not enough. Recruiters today prefer working with candidates who have the requisite IT skills, adept work ethics, time and team management, communication skills and adaptability, and the lack thereof has become a strategic concern. Recognizing the dire need for amendments in the academic learning ecosystem, IIHT aims to tackle these challenges through our placement drives.

Stressing on the need for a unified platform that interfaces institutions and organizations, Mr. Keshav Raju, CEO & founder, IIHT, said, “Transforming education to be industry-centric and skill based is quite challenging given how dynamic global IT ecosystem is. However, tailoring training programs that align with the current and future needs of the industry is crucial to address these challenges. It is rather evident that the conventional placement processes will be steadily be replaced by a ‘Train-Hire-Deploy’ model that can guarantees organizations with just-in-time and job-ready talent.”

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Rajiv Srinivas, Head, Talent Acquisition, Legato Health Technologies, said, “Legato has been aggressively ramping up talent in India. Having grown from a team of 0 to 1700+, it has been an exciting year in terms of talent acquisition. Among the diverse models that we have deployed, I see Talent-on-Demand being a significant strategic and tactical approach to acquire talent. While we have boarded about 170 candidates through this model in 2018 and 2019 looks promising with the numbers being in multiples of last year. IIHT is our exclusive ‘train & hire partner’ in India and we look forward to extracting more value from the ‘Talent-On-Demand’ model by partnering with them.”