Wipro To Create More Data Scientists

by CXOtoday News Desk    Sep 10, 2014


Even though analytics and big data adoption are becoming mainstream enterprises, the industry is witnessing an acute shortage of professionals across the globe.

According to estimates, organizations in the US face a shortage of 1,40,000 to 1,90,000 employees with analytical skills. The country also requires 1.5 million managers and analysts who can analyse big data and make decisions based on the findings, according to industry watchers. Indian too is reeling under this crisis. Presently, there are around 15,000 analytics and data experts in the country, and there will be a shortage of two lakh data scientists in the country over the next few year, according to Analytics Interest Group created by Nasscom.

While big data analytics is emerging as a key growth area in IT, forcing organizations to use analytical insights to make informed business decisions, the only solution to this problem as Nasscom and other expert note is developing and nurturing talents in the field for which industry and academia are expected to work together.

Recently, a number of corporate houses are tying up with technical and engineering institute, one of them is Wipro, which has partnered with Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). The duo has announced the launch of its ‘WiSTA – Data Scientist’ program in India for 2014 batch of graduates hired by Wipro. The course content has been jointly created by Wipro and VIT and also includes modules prescribed and taught by professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Michigan.

“The WiSTA – Data Scientist program is designed to train fresh graduate employees in analytics, business processes, communication skills and relevant technologies, to help them become industry ready and chart out a career in the Data Analytics space,” said Rajeev Kumar, global head, Campus Hiring, Wipro.

The program, taught over the weekend, aims to create a cadre of data scientists who will work with Wipro customers in the U.S and in other international locations. The two-year program for the engineering graduates and a four year program for the Science graduates will be conducted at Wipro’s corporate headquarters in Bangalore and comprises of various modules on analytics.

On completion of the program, successful candidates will receive certificates from MIT and the University of Michigan, besides a master’s degree from VIT.