Satyam’s scholarship programme hits a snag in Australia

November 14th, 2007 - 3:03 am ICT by admin  
The Hyderabad based software giant was facing difficulty in recruiting staff for its development centre here, after which it launched its own graduate program a few months ago.

But despite allocating 100 spots to Australian technology and engineering graduates, the outsourcer has found only 12 participants willing to accept its scholarships, The Australian reported.

However, Satyam Australia Deepak Nangia said that next year they would send another 25 people to its training facility in Hyderabad, adding that it was an uphill task to fill places.

“We’re working with the Australian Computer Society to find people for the program but it’s still a struggle,” Nangia was quoted, as saying. The ACS Foundation helps companies such as Satyam, IBM and Accenture source potential tech staff.

John Ridge, ACS Foundation executive director, rejected Nangia’s claims, saying: “The second batch is going very well. I’m hopeful that we’ll meet their targets.”

Ridge went on to say that the main stumbling block was Satyam’s standards, rather than a lack of interest among local graduates.

“We’re working with Satyam to find people, but Satyam has set a very high bar for applicants.

“I have no problems with this but the higher the bar goes the more difficult it is to get participants,” Ridge added.

He said the ACS Foundation put forward about 50 applications to Satyam for the first round.

“They ended up offering about 20 scholarships, of which only 12 were accepted due to various reasons, including timing.”

Ridge said he was pleased with the initial cohort that went to India and he had been told the Australian students were at the top of their class.

Each scholarship is worth about 75,000 dollars and the program lasts about six months. All expenses, including accommodation, are borne by Satyam.

The company had a similar program in South Africa, which was fully funded by the government there, Nangia said.

Reacting to the Federal Government’s recent proposals to tackle the skills shortage and stop ICT labour costs ballooning, he said: “In the last year or so, Canberra has been saying it doesn’t have enough skills, enough people. Centrelink has to move its IT set up to Adelaide, people are moving to Brisbane but if all is that is happening, what is Canberra doing about it?

“Relocating people or the business doesn’t solve anything,” he said, and urged government agencies to “forward-project” their IT requirements and consider the multi-sourcing route instead of sticking to one, large outsourcing partner. (ANI)

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