Mumbai: Impressed with the training Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been providing its entry-level employees, some of whom come from Singapore, the government of Singapore is wooing Asia’s largest software company, to train students at the city-state’s colleges.
“We are speaking to TCS to offer vocational training to students in Singapore for skills that are highly valued in our country. We believe the best way to take forward the partnership in the education sector between India and Singapore is by partnering the private sector,” says Singapore’s minister for education, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
“If the talks fructify, the partnership with TCS could be on the lines of a similar initiative we have with Vietnam which is operated under the aegis of the Vietnam-Singapore Institute,” he added. “Officials of our company discussed a range of initiatives with Singapore’s education minister. We are exploring how we can extend the in-house training programme that we offer new recruits of our company to train students in Singapore,” said a TCS spokesman.
TCS, which hired 12,143 students from campuses this year, will be discussing opportunities to partner with academic institutions in Singapore, offering them its pedagogy and curriculum to train third party students.
“The talks could result in TCS collaborating with some institutions in the country,” said the company spokesman.
TCS has been hiring trainees from two institutions in Singapore—the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. “We have been recruiting fresh graduates from these campuses for the last few years. These graduates come to India for a 52-day residential ‘initial learning programme’,” said the spokesman. “This is the genesis for the Singapore government’s interest in working with TCS,” he added.
The Indian software giant recently started a similar initiative in Brazil, where it has partnered with Fundação Bradesco (Bradesco Foundation), a leading education foundation that offers technology programmes at the Bradesco Instituto de Tecnologia. This partnership aims to meet TCS’s sourcing needs in Brazil and to enhance software engineering learning for Brazilian students who may not be employed by the software giant, says a TCS presentation made available to Mint. “If the agreement with the government of Singapore is finalized, the arrangement with institutions in the country will follow a similar format with TCS offering course material and occasionally sending its staff as visiting faculty to these institutions.
TCS has been working with academic institutions for over two decades in a bid to develop requisite IT skills in engineering students across Indian campuses. “We are replicating what we have done in India in other countries as well,” the company spokesman added.
The company is working with 396 institutes across the country. While TCS has set up research laboratories at some of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses, its involvement with smaller institutions is more intensive. The company has been providing course material, scholarships and conducting faculty development programmes at the tier-2 and tier-3 institutions.
In fiscal 06-07, TCS hired 32,000 new employees. Overseas nationals formed 9.6% of the total employee base with employees coming from 67 different nationalities. 26% of all TCS employees are women.