Monday, 18 September 2006 19:20

Satyam in internship deal with Melbourne Uni

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IT services company, Satyam Computer Services, and The University of Melbourne (MU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train and employ Melbourne Information and Communication Technology students.
The MoU was signed by Rama Raju, Satyam’s CEO and co-founder, and Professor Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis, deputy vice-chancellor, The University of Melbourne.  

“This alliance will enable up to 10 MU students to undertake a software development internship with Satyam each year,” said Virender Aggarwal, Satyam's director and senior vice president, RBU APAC & MEIA. “Additionally, Satyam will recruit as many as 20 software engineers from the university every year.”

Program participants will undergo a three-month training course in India and China, Raju added. Upon completion of the program, Satyam will place them on projects in Australia, or one of its other 55 global locations.

According to Satyam, the alliance enables both parties to carry out joint research projects and creates opportunities for Satyam executives to deliver guest lectures about the company’s core competencies to MU ICT students. In addition, both organisations will invest in collaborative research on futuristic IT solutions such as grid computing.

Professor Braach-Maksvytis called the alliance a major coup for the university, and for Melbourne. “We are very pleased and excited to have this formal collaboration with Satyam,” she said. “Our students will have the opportunity for internships with Satyam, which will expose them to real-world problems in a commercial environment. It will clearly benefit both organisations.”

Braach-Maksvytis also said MU looks forward to much closer collaboration and stronger research ties with Satyam, as well as opportunities for ICT knowledge transfer. “It is good to know that a company of Satyam’s caliber recognises the potential we have here in Australia. For example, Satyam has set up its largest Global Development Centre outside India here in Melbourne, and collaborated with Australian academia before.”

Last year, Satyam embarked on a similar initiative with the Victoria University. Students received intensive software training on the latest technology and were assigned to onsite and offshore projects, most of which involved data warehousing.

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Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.

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