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IBM - Industry Connect on Campus

IBM- Industry Connect on Campus
“A Panel Discussion”
IT Industry Experts
held on
28th September 2012

Dr.M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai and IBM jointly organised a panel discussion
on ‘Meeting the Industry demand by Academia’ at the MGR College Campus on 28th September 2012
The event was organized keeping in mind the critical issue around skills gap and the need for greater
alignment with industry and business requirements. Experts from both the academic and industrial
domains are often concerned about lack of compatibility between the course curriculum and the
relevance in the business world - and an increased need for more practical exposure for the students
to deliver better quality work. There is definite scope for better alignment between academia and
industry. Working towards this common goal, it is time to take some actionable steps towards
understanding each other's expectations and working towards bridging the gap.

In order to identify concrete steps and then act on them to produce real results, a team of experts from
the industry and the academia came together to deliberate on the topic.
  • Mr. Purushothaman - Director TN, NASSCOM,
  • Mrs. Sivahami Pavanasam - VP - Banking & Financial Sector, Polaris FT,
  • Mr. Balaji Prasad - VP, HCLTechnologies,
  • Mr. Ammayappan M - Delivery Manager, Infosys,
  • Mr. Srinivasan – Executive VP - OpenWaveComputing Services (Pvt) Ltd,
  • Mr.Lawrence Mohanraj - Regional Manager, IBM – AI (India)
The event was attended by faculty members and students from various colleges in Chennai. Through this
panel discussion, Dr.M.G.R Educational and Research Institute would like to spread the message among
the local academic circles so that the ideasgenerated are taken forward and implemented.

Support Team from IBM Academic Initiative:
Mr.Lawrence Mohanraj, Regional Manager,
Mr.Saravanan Sekar, Technical Lead, Mr.Sarim Zia, Marketing Manager.