K-DISC launches Accelerated Blockchain Competency Development programme

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Trivandrum: Kerala State Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC), a key State Government initiative, today launched an ambitious programme for imparting training in Blockchain technology to students, providing them with an early-mover advantage and positioning the State as the largest supplier of Blockchain technologists in the country.

Launching the Accelerated Blockchain Competency Development (ABCD) programme, Dr K M Abraham, Chairman, K-DISC, said, “The initiative would take up interdisciplinary programmes to position Kerala in a futuristic way. It would create a talent pool of Blockchain technologists. K-DISC has set an ambitious target of producing 25,000 Blockchain technologists in three years. It is expected that over 5,000 certified students can be trained in the first twelve months.”

Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy of Kerala, gave an overview of the Blockchain technology while Dr P V Unnikrishnan, Strategic Consultant, K-DISC, gave an insight into the need for building talent. Dr. Asharaf, Professor, Kerala Blockchain Academy spoke about Blockchain competency and its social uses, and Dr. Saji Gopinath, Director, IIITMK gave details about the ABC training programme.

The ABCD programme is open for diploma holders, graduates/graduating students from Engineering and Science backgrounds. Through an online outreach, the programme has been extended to working professionals as well.

The Blockchain training programme has three modules – Blockchain Associate programme (30 Hrs.), Blockchain Developer Programme (90 Hrs.) and Blockchain Architect Programme (330 Hrs.). The programme is developed and delivered by the Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), which is an advanced R & D department within IIITMK.

The programme offers two-part certification, where the participants will obtain a Foundation Skills certificate in Full-stack and intermediate level skills on Blockchain technology. The programme for Full-stack is of 124 hours of duration, developed and delivered by ICT Academy of Kerala.

The entrance test will be held in July and the classes will begin in August. For the graduates, the Foundation Skills in Full-stack programme will be run in 15 Learning Centres of ICT Academy as full-time programme and for students, it will be organised by ASAP, through its Skills Centres in the interested Colleges.

K-Disc has been mandated to promote unique developmental initiatives of strategic implications for the State.

Kerala IT News

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