Lightstorm and IIT Madras launch employment and skill development program

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Lightstorm, a leading provider of connectivity infrastructure, solutions, and services, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, for an “Employment Skilling Initiative”. The collaboration aims to address the skill gap among underprivileged students and support underserved youth, women, and job seekers from tier 2 & 3 cities. 

According to a 2023 survey, over three-fourths of industry leaders perceive a need for more practical knowledge among young graduates. Another industry report has highlighted that only 45% of Indian graduates who apply for jobs are employable and ready to meet industry’s fast-changing demands. This discrepancy underscores the urgent need to equip students with specialized technology skill sets essential for employment in any industry.  

Lightstorm, in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Hub of IIT Madras, will provide extensive placement assistance, including job readiness facilities, for students pursuing degrees in Arts, Science, and Commerce. Top performers will also have the opportunity to secure internship placements, further enhancing their professional development and employability. 

“I am thrilled to announce our partnership with IIT Madras, a significant step in our deep commitment to bridging the skill gap among underprivileged students in India and creating pathways to meaningful employment opportunities. With its curriculum, placement assistance, and internships, this comprehensive educational program will empower individuals from diverse backgrounds and foster inclusive workforce and economic growth,” said Amajit Gupta, Group CEO and Managing Director, Lightstorm. “Together, we aim to expand on the transformative power of education and are excited to embark on this journey of empowerment and opportunity.”  

Dr. Mangala Sunder Krishnan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry, IIT Madras remarked, “We firmly believe that every individual, regardless of their background, deserves access to quality education and opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are proud to partner with and support Lightstorm’s initiative in providing underprivileged students with necessary tech skills, facilitating inclusive economic development.” 

The ‘Employment Enablement Program through Skill Development’ is a meticulously designed curriculum that aims to upskill students with essential topics that are highly practical and relevant in today’s job market. It includes Networking Essentials, ITIL Fundamentals, Ticketing Tools, Production Support Fundamentals, Linux & Windows Basics, Storage & Backup Fundamentals, Middleware Technologies, and Soft Skill Training. Led by a blend of academic and industry experts, the program adopts a hybrid training approach, combining classroom instruction with hands-on learning experiences. This approach ensures maximum retention and applicability of skills, instilling confidence in our students’ abilities to excel in their chosen fields. 

As part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, Lightstorm has outlined ambitious goals for 2024, including the effective implementation in collaboration with partner organizations.