Pedagogic change:  Indian institutions to take up curricula on Cloud Computing from Amazon Web Services

July 11, 2020 · blog

Just when the country’s $180 billion education sector is warming up to the new reality of online education, Amazon’s cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) is tapping the market by collaborating with institutes to train young students. Seven higher education institutions in India plan to take up curricula on Cloud Computing from Amazon Web Services Education global initiative. These institutions will integrate them into their college syllabus to help and develop the next generation of cloud professionals. This cloud computing content will be offered as part of the degrees, both in undergraduate and postgraduate levels starting from September 2020.

According to Amazon Web Services, “this effort to integrate cloud computing curricula into mainstream college education will help address the growing requirement for cloud skills in India by providing students with the knowledge and competency-based credentials in cloud architecture, data analytics, cybersecurity, machine learning, and software development.” According to a report by The Hindu, the institutions offering the newly-designed Bachelor of Technology degree programs in Information Technology and Computer Science include Chitkara University, Punjab; Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh; Manav Rachna University, Delhi and NCR; Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology, Uttar Pradesh; Sharda University, Delhi and NCR; and SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Tamil Nadu. While the ASM Institute of Management and Computer Studies in Maharashtra will combine the AWS Educate Cloud curricula for Post Graduate Diploma and Emerging Technology. “Building a cloud-ready workforce is key to enabling technology-led growth in India that will drive innovation at speed and create impact at scale,” said Rahul Sharma, President, India, and South Asia Public Sector, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited.

As reported by LinkedIn, many studies conducted over the five years believe that Cloud Computing is a top skill sought by companies. This new effort by the institutes to bring AWS on board would definitely help the students and industry alike, which require the skills. This will help students with the knowledge and competency-based credentials by teaching them skills such as cloud architecture, data analytics, cyber-security, machine learning, and software development. “Integrating cloud curricula as part of mainstream college education represents a shift in the way the industry and academia can come together to build the next generation of highly-skilled cloud professionals. We are honored to work with accredited educational institutions in India to drive this change,” said Mr. Sharma while addressing a media conference on July 10.

All students participating in the degree and diploma programs will be enrolled in AWS Educate, Amazon's global initiative to provide students comprehensive resources for building skills in the cloud. They will also be provided with AWS Promotional Credits to gain real-world, hands-on experience using AWS cloud technology, claimed another report by Business Standard. Industry apex body NASSCOM believes that this would help greater industry participation by involving the key employers in IT and ITES segments in India, and thus help to build talent pipeline with proper skills, a pedagogic change the new education system strives for.

This article is compiled by Sagnik Banerjee.

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