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IBM platter of infotech coursesCynthia Crose

Calcutta, Sept. 9: Global information technology giant IBM is all set to intensify its presence in the state through collaborations with the government and its various agencies.

General manager, IBM Learning Services, of Asia-Pacific region Cynthia Crose called on infotech minister Manab Mukherjee at Writers’ Buildings today.

“With various e-governance initiatives, the West Bengal government has emerged as a serious player in the IT market. We are exploring all opportunities to contribute to the government and people of Bengal,” Crose said at the launch of IBM-certified training courses on a host of areas like e-café management, diploma in international language-enabled software, geographical information system, hardware engineering and IT-enabled services.

Indus Institute for Information Management (IIIM), promoted by the state youth services department, will offer the courses.

Earlier, Mukherjee said IBM Learning Service will help the state government in “setting up a centre of excellence for IT education” at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Salt Lake.

“Besides, they will work with the government in setting up a training institute for IT trainers in the state. We have requested them to create a Bengali version of Lotus Smart Suite platform. IBM will also be our partner in implementing computer literacy programme in 500 more schools,” Mukherjee said after his meeting with Crose.

The global training major, in association with IIIM, is now offering hardware, software and training modules in 200 schools in various districts of Bengal.

Reacting to the government’s request to set up a training institute for IT trainers in the state, Crose said: “We are conducting investigations to work out the feasibility of such an association.”

According to sources in the government, IBM will unravel its plan of action in the state at a meeting with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee tomorrow.

Robert Payne, head of the company’s application management services, Asia Pacific, will also be present at the meeting.

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