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IBM Research centre to come up at Kovilpatti

The multi-national computer giant, IBM, and National Engineering College, have signed an agreement on Thursday to establish a Centre of Excellence for IBM web sphere software at Kovilpatti.

The centre will be established under the umbrella of IBM Academic Initiative, a global exercise launched by the company to groom computer talent.

College authorities said that the centre would create opportunities for students to carry out research in emerging areas of information technology.

According to the pact, both parties will form a steering committee to work closely with educators to teach students the skills required to keep themselves abreast of changes in the sector.

The centre will focus on web technologies and train students on high-end systems. A three-day international conference on `Advances in electronics and communications, organised by the National Engineering College, commenced on its premises on Thursday.

Goerg Boeck from Berlin University of Technology explained the development of RF-CMOS technologies, RF-architectures and re-configurability principles for mobile communication.About 30 scientists from New Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Dehra Dun presented research papers on the inaugural day on various topics such as real time emulation for embedded system validation, multi user detection for continuous speech using quantum signal processing and voice controlled power wheelchair.

"With NASSCOM-Mckinsey report-2006 predicting a shortfall of more than five lakh technically skilled professionals by 2010, it is important for the industry to contribute to the growth of high-end technical education in the country and hence the decision to forge relationship with the college," said R. Dhamodaran, director, Software Group and Developer Relations, IBM India.

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