Virtusa course to hone skills of workers

By agencies   |   Monday, 25 July 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: Virtusa Corporation has found a new way of battling skill redundancy among its employees.

According to the Chief Software Architect of Virtusa's India Development Center at Hyderabad, Arjun Mukherjee, the company has used multiskilling to render its executives `well-rounded' by keeping themselves updated on the latest technologies in the industry.

"We decided that to effectively fight redundancy, we have to create broad-skilled engineers," Mukherjee said.

Another reason why techies need to dip into a vast pool of knowledge comprising various technologies is because as frontline employees they need to have original independent opinion. "Usually most customer-facing engineers have second-hand info which may be fragile and fragmented," said Mukherjee.

Virtusa's is currently offering multiskilling courses in Java and Microsoft.Net. The company is offering beginners' and intermediate level courses in both these technologies.

The course was conceptualized, designed and developed by an internal team at the company comprising content creation experts, software developers, review team and a technical writing team. The company used e-learning methodologies to structure the content.

After a pilot in April this year, 210 people are currently undergoing the program.



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