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NIIT Conducts Seminar on ‘Digital Transformation: Impact, Challenges & Opportunities’ for Engineering Aspirants at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar

Business Wire India
NIIT Limited, a global leader in skills and talent development, conducted a seminar on ‘Digital Transformation: Impact, Challenges & opportunities’ for engineering aspirants in the city. Prof (Dr.) P.P Mathur, Vice-Chancellor, KIIT University; Dr. Saranjit Singh, Director IEC, KIIT University and Dr. Prachet Bhuyan, Associate Dean T&P, KIIT University were present to grace the occasion. The seminar was addressed by Chief Guest, Mr. Sapnesh Lalla, CEO Designate, NIIT Limited.

The seminar highlighted how digital transformation along with the new technological advancements will impact the IT & Banking industry and the engineering profession in the future. It also familiarized students with the current challenges and the opportunities available in the field of digital transformation. This session threw light on different fields of digital transformation available for students, thereby helping them choose the right field based on their interest and aptitude, and enlightened them on the plethora of career opportunities available to the graduates. NIIT invited all the engineering students from 3rd & 4th year, Management and Academia from KIIT University for the seminar.

According to a recent release by NASSCOM, the skills of the future would be Big Data Analytics, Cloud & Cybersecurity Services, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and many other Digital Technologies. A huge demand is foreseen for roles such as mobile app development, social media, data scientists & platform engineering. According to a McKinsey report on ‘Technology Jobs & the Future of Work’, digital technologies could contribute $550 billion to $ 1 trillion of economic impact per year in India by the year 2025. According to another renowned survey, 69% of IT leaders expect huge surge in the job market in the next 3 to 5 years due to digital technologies.

Elaborating on the seminar, Mr. Sapnesh Lalla, CEO Designate, NIIT Ltd., said “Digital transformation is opening up unprecedented opportunities and challenges. The future workforce will need to align its skillset to keep pace with the growing economy.  We see a huge requirement for Next Gen skills like Big Data, Cloud, Internet of Things, Analytics etc. creating an urgent need for digitally-skilled engineers. Through this seminar we hope to create awareness about the immense opportunities that digital transformation presents.”

Digital Transformation is playing a key role in the industry today. To address the needs of the digitally-skilled industry, NIIT introduced StackRoute, which aims to create multi-skilled and multi-disciplinary programmers who can become key members of high-performance teams in top notch product engineering companies, start-ups and IT firms. DigiNxt, another pioneering product launched by NIIT, as a follow through of StackRoute to service the needs of the Fresh Graduate who wanted to equip themselves with digital skills and thereby improve the chances of getting a good job at a good salary. is a multi-modal learning platform from NIIT which offers programs designed in association with premier institutes like IIM’s that are uniquely positioned to meet the changing requirements of the digital economy.
Prof (Dr.) P.P Mathur, Vice-Chancellor, KIIT University, said, “At KIIT University, we have been working towards creating a pool of industry-ready engineers through a research centric approach. However, over the years, unemployment amongst engineers has been a major issue. We are focusing on the new-age skills to create a pool of digitally skilled engineers that the industry needs.”

Dr. Saranjit Singh, Director IEC, KIIT University, said, “We have always worked towards establishing and promoting close interaction with industry to keep abreast with state-of-the-art technology. We are glad to organize this seminar in collaboration with global leader in education NIIT, and we hope this seminar will encourage youth to think critically while opting for a professional career.”
According to All India Council for Technical Education more than 60% of the engineers graduating from technical institutes across India remain unemployed. There is a huge variation in standards of technical colleges in the country, a majority of whom churn out graduates who are not employable. While the higher education institutes are grappling with these issues, the skill sets required by the industry has undergone a change. IT now requires higher levels of leading-edge skills like cloud analytics, robotics, process automation, and so on, and engineering graduates of today do not always come qualified.
To help universities and higher education institutions keep pace with changes in the global and local IT industry, and equip its students with the latest, in-demand skills that make them relevant in today’s work scenario, NIIT introduced NIC (NIIT Inside Campus), a globally successful on-campus, customized education delivery model that is integrated with the institution’s bachelor degree programs, aiming to bridge the technological gap. Through this model, NIIT provides its content, methodology, platform, technical know-how, pedagogy and also support university professors and lecturers by providing necessary training to deliver the latest curriculum. After the completion of the course, the students get a degree from the University/Government and also receive a certificate from NIIT. This model has been implemented successfully in more than 200 Universities and colleges across China, Vietnam and Nigeria.
During his visit Mr. Sapnesh Lalla also met key academia from Bhubaneshwar & Cuttack and discussed the current challenges faced by both academic intuitions & students with the emerging Digital Transformation trends, along with the various new opportunities for the student community.

NIIT Bhubaneswar has been working closely with global leaders in Technology to provide training on state-of-the-art technology platforms over last 28 years and has trained more 50,000 students in IT, Banking & Skills Domain, Corporate Executives, Professionals and BPL candidates. The alliances with some of the most eminent names in the industry like Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, SAS Institute and many more has been established to ensure that the students capitalize on the latest skills and technology trends, so that they are better able to meet the ever-increasing industry requirements. Currently NIIT has two centers in Bhubaneshwar City at Nayapally & Sahidnagar along with centers at Cuttack Badambadi, Rourkela, Barbil & Behrampore in the State of Odisha.