A peek inside InfyTQ, where young learners are getting industry ready
Divya Bansal is from a generation of young learners that believes solving problems is at the core of technology. She too, like many others, is solution driven. Today, she wants to help farmers detect diseases that affect plants using technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Then there’s Shivam Shaurya Jha, who aspires to be able to launch a satellite for India. He too realizes that core technologies would be crucial to be able to achieve this goal.
Such inspired youngsters are not hard to come by today. What is important, however, is the realization that technology has become central to almost everything, and learning new technologies and getting industry ready is key to be a part of that change. Our team at Infosys realized this, and built InfyTQ to help achieve just that.
“Future is all about programming and how you can plan it with programming in your day-to-day life,” says Thirumala Arohi, head of Education, Training and Assessments at Infosys, adding, “Definitely there is a need for engineering students or, for that matter, any student, to learn computer programming.”
Varadharaj V., Vice President – Talent Acquisition at Infosys, agrees: “It is very important for all of these students and everybody to realize this and embrace it.”
And this learning could go beyond the course curriculum, and not only help the students learn, but bring about additional value to them in the form of certifications.
Students such as Bansal and Jha have realized this. As has Souvik Pramanik, a third-year student at Kolkata’s B.P. Poddar College. While he studies, he is readying himself to enter the world of information technology with skills that would help him from the very beginning of his life as a software programmer.
“I was very interested for the Certification … it will be a great opportunity to get a certification from Infosys, which will have a great value where I can learn new things also and from where I can earn a good certificate, also,” says Pramanik.
Learning as a culture
At Infosys, there has been a culture of learning since the very beginning. The organization reaches out to students across 300+ colleges in India through various initiatives. The opportunity to impart learning, however, is much wider, feels Arohi, and that there are many colleges beyond the ones targeted by the program.
Varadharaj too suggests that there is a gap in the learning ecosystem. “There is nothing out there, which kind of aggregates a lot of relevant courses and packages them in a way that it then gives a certification for a software programmer,” he says.
This opportunity, and the possibility of widening the scope of learning, gave rise to InfyTQ in early 2019 with a very clear focus for students – to enable them to learn new technologies in a way that they become industry ready and can carve out a great career for themselves either at Infosys, or at any industry, or company of their choice.
“Basics of programming, basics of databases, learn it in a way that first you understand and get your foundation right,” emphasizes Arohi.
Varadharaj too considers InfyTQ as one of those platforms which embeds the ability, and understanding, to be able to write good pieces of code.
The young learners say that it starts with the basic concepts and then gradually helps them get an in-depth understanding.
“I was from the Java background and I did not know anything about the Python. So, when I started, it was very easy for me to understand and learn everything from (InfyTQ),” says Bansal.
Anytime, anywhere approach
The realization of the ability to access learning anytime and anywhere was a central thought during the conception of InfyTQ.
“We wanted to create something which was technology agnostic, platform agnostic, and free, most importantly. It had to be accessible to students at large, whenever, wherever they wanted,” says Varadharaj.
One only needs to have access to the Internet, at least for some time, as InfyTQ also allows students to download the courses and continue learning even without access to Internet.
Programs such as InfyTQ help spread the roots of learning and training to students across the country. Moreover, Covid-19 has augmented the importance of virtual learning, especially as the in-person interactions have reduced substantially during the pandemic.
Students like Pramanik and Jha feel that programs such as InfyTQ, and Infosys Certification would help them have an advantage as they move forward in the careers, as well as learn and grow, both personally and professionally.
Both Varadharaj and Arohi feel that in a world where everything is becoming digital, organizations can help create a wide pool of inspired entry-level talent.
“As more and more Indian citizens, Indian students learn, whatever small contribution we're doing will only help the cause of both the country and the companies which are in need for good [skilled] people,” says Arohi.
Varadharaj agrees that initiatives like InfyTQ and Infosys Certification would greatly aid technology organizations and create a wider impact.
“When that kind of thing happens, you will start seeing a massive social change,” he says.
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