Institute of Information Technology (IIT) of the University of Dhaka held its first ever Industry Academia Collaboration Session on 5th August 2017, which was graced by the presence of Topu Newaj, the CTO of SELISE. He was invited as one of the speakers at the session, along with many other corporates from leading tech companies.
Although the event took place for the first time, the Industry Academia Collaboration had been an integral part of the undergraduate program ever since its inception in 2001. IIT’s undergraduate program offers a four year industry oriented degree. The students go through three years of study followed by a half-year industry placement before returning for their final semester. This helps the students gain practical experience and corporate exposure, often being offered permanent positions in the companies even before they graduate.
The speakers were asked to cover the following topics in their speech:
- ways to improve collaboration between the software industry and academia (Universities),
- discrepancy between what skills are expected from graduates and what skills are currently taught at universities and
- what the current students should do to be better prepared for the software industry.
Shah Ali Newaj, who has been well acquainted with this department for some time now, gave an engaging and inspiring speech for the graduates and freshers present in the session. He stressed on how the industry is still at a delicate stage and dependent on the students for its growth. It thrives on the passion of programmers and once that passion is gone, the industry will cease to exist.