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Free Vocational Training for Poor Students by IIT-M and Sony India

ByJanice K. Merrill

Aug 11, 2022

CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation partners with Sony India Software Center to equip students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with industry-ready technical skills. This course is offered completely free of charge.

Called Sony India Finishing School Skill Development Training Program, it will provide training in areas such as artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), cybersecurity, computer graphics and business communication skills. Professor V Kamakoti, Director of IIT-M, said, “This program aims to bridge the knowledge and skills gap between graduate students and industry requirements. We hope that many students, especially from non-urban parts of India, will benefit from this initiative.

Sony India will extend employment to the top 15 students of this course. The foundation will help others to get placed in other companies by organizing their interviews through the IIT-M placement unit.

The student selection process is based on the academic performance of engineering graduates who graduated between 2020 and 2022 with a minimum of 60% aggregate in all examinations and whose parents have an annual income of less than Rs 8 lakh. They will also write a test after which an interview will be conducted.

Students who pass the assessment with the highest score are eligible for a stipend under the training program.