Oracle signs pact with telecom incubator Startup Village

Infotech Lead India: Oracle India has signed a MoU with telecom incubator Startup Village to integrate Oracle Academy’s computer science curriculum into Startup Village’s engineering program.

The agreement enables Startup Village to build a foundation for product start-ups in the country. It will prepare over 30,000 students and 200 teachers from 100 engineering colleges in Kerala for IT careers and meet the growing local demand for technology workforce.

The Oracle Academy’s Advanced Computer Science program provides universities and students with hands-on access to Oracle database and middleware software, and related curriculum. Students gain exposure to Oracle’s world-class software, giving them a competitive advantage.

Startup Village students and faculty will have access to Java Fundamentals and Programming classes, to help students gain hands-on experience with Java.

The Oracle Academy helps 1.9 million students in 97 countries, including 150,099 students from 441 educational institutions across India, gain industry-relevant skills prior to entering the workforce.

“Education contributes substantially to the socio-economic development of the country and it is our goal to provide our youth with educational opportunities to increase their employability in the demanding workforce of tomorrow,” said PK Kunhalikutty, minister of Industries and IT, Government of Kerala.

“Startup Village is dedicated to developing technology education programs that foster a highly-trained and entrepreneurial workforce to drive innovation and startup technologies,” said Sanjay Vijayakumar, chairperson of the Governing Board of Startup Village.

“The Oracle Academy provides educational institutions with access to changing curriculum and access to leading technology that enables students to gain 21st century skills for successful IT careers,” said Krishna Sistla, senior director, Oracle Education Initiatives, Oracle Asia Pacific.

Startup Village CEO Sijo Kurvilla said its target for the first year is to support 100 institutions, 10,000 students, and 200 faculties as they fully integrate the Oracle Academy’s curriculum and resources. It will also be extending Advanced Computer Science offerings for 100 departments and 100 institutions.

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