Register for ACM India Education Webinar on 19 September with Pankaj Jalote: "Preparing for a Career in IT"

September 15, 2020

The next session of the ACM India Education Webinar Series is on another interesting topic, which every undergraduate engineering student would love to get advice on.

Register now for "Preparing for a Career in IT", to be presented on Saturday 19 September 2020 at 11 am IST by Pankaj Jalote, Distinguished Professor at IIIT Delhi.

Registrations are limited, so please register early and secure your spot. Although this is a teacher-oriented initiative, educators, academicians and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: A career in IT is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after in India, and is one that probably the largest number of engineers (as well as non-engineers) go for. College education in CS/IT (as well as related disciplines) is expected to prepare students for a career in IT. Often, however, colleges are not able to build sufficient knowledge and skills to provide a good launching for a career to the students. In this presentation-cum-discussion, first an overview of what a career in IT industry means is discussed. Then it discusses what are the capabilities needed to get a good start in one’s career. Finally, it discusses what students can do while they are in college to prepare themselves for a successful and satisfying career in IT.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Pankaj Jalote is a Distinguished Professor at IIIT Delhi, of which he is also the founding Director. He believes that colleges and universities should impart rigorous education, and established such programs in IIIT-Delhi, leading it to having one of the best placement records in the country. Earlier he was Chair Professor at IIT Delhi, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur, and an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland at College Park. On leave from academia, he was Vice President at Infosys Technologies Ltd. for 2 years, and a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond for a year.

He has a BTech from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of five books, including the highly-acclaimed CMM in Practice, which has been translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other languages; and the best-selling textbook An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering. He recently authored Building Research Universities in India (to be published by SAGE, November 2020). He writes a blog on higher education in India and has written many opinion articles in leading newspapers. He is a Fellow of IEEE and INAE.

Chitra Babu, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamilnadu