India has been ailing in the IT sector and has been forced to rely heavily on outsourcing in recent years.
But the government is hoping that with the help of an information technology institute, it can turn around the country’s fortunes and boost its digital footprint, even as the number of students studying at its institutions has fallen.
The government will hire 10,000 students and retain another 8,000 staff at the newly created institute in the eastern state of Kerala, which will be known as IT University of India, in the next two years, said Srinivas Kumar, minister for information technology.
Students at the institute will be required to work on projects related to the technology industry and help in the creation of software that will help the government better understand India’s challenges and opportunities, Kumar said on Thursday.
In the past few years, the number the government has hired has fallen to less than 4,000.
The government has been trying to get back to its previous strength and create a more robust digital ecosystem.
It has launched a portal for all government services and is working on plans for a national database of information technology jobs.
Some of the colleges that will be established in the coming year will have a core of over 1,000 faculty members and will be divided into departments.