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Chandigarh May 6th 2010

PEC signed a collaboration with IBM on May 6 2010 aimed at exposing students to next generation technologies and providing them with a platform to work on real-life scenarios in alignment with the smarter planet theme of IBM.

The collaboration will see IBM establishing a Virtual Center of Excellence (COE) for PEC with focus on Security technologies and Cloud Computing to begin with, with a view to bolster smarter skills that students would require to compete in an ever changing technology workspace.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Manoj Datta, Director, PEC and PEC Alumnus Sanjiv Bakshi currently the IBM SAP Practice Area Head. Mr. Vivek Aggarwal, ITSM Manager, Mr Devkant Aggarwal, University Relational Manager, Mr Sachin Ghai, Campus Relation Manager were also present from IBM during the ceremony. PEC was represented by Dr. Uma Batra, Dean Research Planning & Development, Dr Sanjeev Sofat, Prof. & Head, CSE, Dr. Ashwani Parashar, Registrar and Mr J.D. Sharma, O/I Collaborations. Padmashree Chandramohan, Chairman Board of Governors also graced the occasion.

Speaking on the launch Dr. Manoj Datta, Director, PEC said “This alliance further strengthens the interactions between PEC and the industry. With this MoU we will be working together with IBM, a global leader to explore a new post-graduate program and develop a curriculum and courseware on the next generation technologies that would not only increase the career opportunities for our students but also set them apart in the huge horde of competitors. Other objectives of the MoU include collaboration in research areas of common interest, hosting technology development projects and developing curriculum and courseware”.

Dr Sanjeev Sofat, Prof. & Head, CSE informed that “the Department of Computer Science & Engineering is starting a new Masters Programme in the area of Information Security that shall provide in-depth knowledge of relevant security issues in computer systems, networks and their applications. This Collaboration with IBM will certainly help fill these gaps and enrich advanced Research and Development in Information security which is required to be aptly able to protect nation’s critical infrastructure”.

The IBM COE will also extend a unique opportunity for students to learn new skill sets on IBM software portfolio in addition to skilling them on next generation Security technologies such as cryptography, security architecture and framework, security in mobile networks, development of crisis management plans for countering cyber attacks and security management. Students will also get access to IBM University relations collaboration portal in addition to helping them develop world-class business solutions through a variety of mentorship programmes and technology contests. Through the COE IBM will also host faculty development workshops and technology development projects involving faculty and students in the areas of Systems, Products and Services along with securing globally recognized faculty awards and student grants. PEC's reputed cyber security research lab and IBM’s strong IT Services Management (ITSM) Hub of University Relations program will be collaborating on security technology in the areas of training, outreach, projects and research. Through this initiative, IBM will work closely with the colleges in the state of Chandigarh, leveraging the selected college as center of learning.
“The world of information technology is extremely competitive and dynamic. This calls for constant upgrading of skills – high-value skills beyond simple programming or system administration.

IBM CoEs are an extension of IBM’s commitment to nurture skills for the 21st century driven by the services economy,” said Amol Mahamuni, Programme Director, University Relations, IBM India/South Asia. “COEs fill the gap that exists between universities and the industry by building a consistent communication channel that provides faculty and students the experience to work on advanced technology development as it happens in the industry by participating in the special projects and product enhancements.”

The CoE is an outgrowth of IBM's University Relations program which covers 2,000 colleges and universities around the world -- a global model committed to driving evolving open standards-based IT skills. Under the initiative, IBM partners closely with the local government and academia to create an enabling environment by allowing access to IBM software, course materials, training and curriculum development, helping India become an innovators’ nation by investing in skills development and technology enablement, empowering future workers with the right skills to be able to compete in the larger global workforce.

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