THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government has constituted a committee to regulate and restructure basic Information Technology courses offered by various government and public sector institutions in the state as well as to formulate a basic level computer awareness course that could be made mandatory for recruitment to state government services. IT secretary M. Sivasankar has said the initiative might also regulate the fleecing by private computer training centres.
"The government's plan is to bring out proper guidelines on the courses and contents suitable for students for getting jobs. Such a guideline could ensure that private centres would also have to follow those," he said. State Planning Board member T. Jayaraman is the chairman of the five-member committee. It has been asked to give a report within three months. Barton Hill Government Engineering College former principal G. Jayashankar, Centre for Development of Imaging Technology joint director P. V. Unnikrishnan, Institute of Management in Government assistant professor S. Sajeev and State e-Governance Mission team head Muraleedharan M. are the other members of the committee.
The committee will review the contents of the IT related courses being offered by various government and quasi-government institutions besides course materials, fee structure, duration and certification and submit recommendations on restructuring. According to sources, the government made the initiate to ensure that those entering government services after completing computer courses were competent enough to work in an e-governance platform as all the government offices are being computerised. The new initiative may also curb the fleecing of job seekers by private computer training centres offering obsolete courses.