International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore to promote Doctoral Studies

International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-B) to promote Doctoral Studies

Bangalore, country’s IT capital, is facing a severe shortage of IT personnel with doctoral qualification.

Of course, the problem is not confined to Bangalore alone. The entire country is hit by it.

According to the Director of the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-B), S. Sadagopan, and the faculty members of the institute, Bangalore alone needs about 100 IT personnel with Ph.D. degree every year for the next 10 years.

But only 30 software engineers are obtaining Ph.D. degree a year in the country.

Revealing this to presspersons here on Thursday, Prof. Sadagopan and his colleagues said that it was essential for the country’s software sector to engage the services of highly qualified personnel to switch over from servicing to product development.

But not many software engineers were interested in taking up doctoral studies as they would be getting high-paying jobs soon after their graduation. They would not only have to forgo the high-paying jobs till they completed their Ph.D., but also depend on their parents for financial support. Besides, there were no incentives for them to take up doctoral studies, they said.

New System

Hence, the IIIT-B had formulated a new system of encouraging software engineers to take up higher studies by offering scholarships, so that there would be an increase in the number of students taking up doctoral studies, the faculty members said.

With the support from the industry, the IIIT-B was planning to provide scholarships to 45 students of its total intake of 125. With this, the institute wanted to cover 30 per cent of its students with scholarships which were slightly higher than the total course fee, Prof. Sadagopan said.

The institute had commenced its admission process, he added.

He said that the IIIT-B had students exchange and structured programmes with several foreign universities.