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IEEE outlines 'blended learning' programme under RV VLSI

Posted: 05 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ESDM  IEEE  RV VLSI  blended learning programme  VLSI 

In past two years, we have seen couple of educational programmes rolling out to serve the electronics and semiconductor sector in India. In response to the India chip fab approvals, academia as well as industry are coming together to create a specialised talent pool to serve the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) market, which is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020.

Last year, we saw IIT-Bombay partnering with Applied Materials to come up with a seven-day course in IC manufacturing, and now we see world's largest professional association IEEE coming up with an e-learning programme in very large scale integration (VLSI).

With an aim to make students industry ready, IEEE is joining hands with Bangalore-based RV VLSI to roll out a blended learning programme for engineering students as well as entry-level working professionals. In an exclusive chat with EE Times India's Arti Singh, IEEE's Director-India Operations Harish Mysore, Sunil Gupta, senior manager at IEEE, and RV-VLSI Design Centre CEO Venkatesh Prasad revealed more about the new course.

Witnessing the growth of ESDM sector in India, IEEE came up with a concept of "blended learning." The Blended Learning Programme in VLSI employs the latest in applied and immersive e-learning techniques in combination with extensive hands-on practice. "Top MNCs spend a lot on training when they hire fresh engineers, and the training goes anywhere between 6-9 months. Our blended learning programme will reduce this time to productivity from months to weeks," claimed Venkatesh Prasad, CEO, RV-VLSI Design Center, Bangalore.

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Left to right: Harish Mysore, Sunil Gupta, Venkatesh Prasad

The programme, a combination of e-learning and labs, offers students flexibility of any-time learning in a low-stakes environment. "Students can learn at their own pace. During the e-learning process, we capture all kinds of data about how the student is learning, how fast he learns, where the student has more difficulty in learning. This serves as a feedback during the time when they do the project work in our instructor-led lab," said Sunil Gupta.

In this programme, RV VLSI provides the content, and the content is reviewed by the IEEE experts. The lab is also delivered through RV VLSI.

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