Genpact & UpGrad to fill talent gap in data analytics

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Together, they will provide an innovative postgraduate diploma data analytics programme for working professionals.

Genpact, a global leader in digitally-powered business process management and services, and UpGrad, an online education platform for working professionals, have joined hands to provide an innovative postgraduate diploma data analytics programme. This programme will be in association with the International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIIT-B).

In an increasingly digital and data-connected world, the need for global enterprises to provide real-time intelligent information to their customers, regulators, partners, and other groups has been growing tremendously. However, the demand for experienced data scientists far exceeds the availability of trained professionals to meet this growing need. In India alone, industry experts expect a shortage of at least 200,000 data scientists in 2016.

The rigorous nine-month programme aims to bridge the critical talent gap the analytics industry is currently facing. It will also help increase the employability of many professionals in the face of changing work requirements.

Under this partnership, Genpact will serve as UpGrad’s ‘knowledge partner’, and the two companies will work closely together to create case studies, guest lectures and other curricula. Together, they will host events for students at Genpact offices and provide mentorships with Genpact leaders. They will also offer recruitment opportunities for students among other activities.

The UpGrad programme, which aims to train more than 10,000 professionals over the next three to four years, is geared to help working professionals acquire additional industry relevant knowledge, spread their professional network and accelerate their career in data analytics. The curriculum covers diverse advanced subjects in data analytics through interactive sessions, live lectures, and three-month capstone projects mentored by the best in the industry.

Talking of the initiative, Sidhartha Shishoo, vice president and people function leader, analytics and research, Genpact, says, “As a recognised leader in data-to-insight-to-action analytics, Genpact looks forward to sharing our deep domain expertise, innovative technology tools, and executives’ experience with young professionals looking to elevate their careers.”

In a joint statement regarding the same, Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar, founders of UpGrad, state, “At UpGrad, we aim to create cutting-edge, industry-relevant programmes so that individuals can reach their full professional potential and are job ready on completion of the programme. Genpact is an industry leader globally bringing decades of critical experience across scenarios that will give our students key insights into analytics. Genpact’s contribution will help us design and deliver a state-of-the-art online postgraduate programme in data analytics, to educate the next generation of leaders.”

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