GMIT joins hands with France&’s Bassetti group to promote the growth of software and data mining facilities in India. sayantani singh reports
IN what has been a significant development in the sphere of Information Technology and Technical Education, the Gargi Memorial Institute of Technology, Kolkata, announced a tie-up with the Bassetti group, a France-based technical management expertise company, on 13 June. Both organisations signed a memorandum of understanding in order to set up a software and data mining circuit in the institution. The memorandum was signed in the presence of Fabrice Etiienne, honourable Consul General of France in Kolkata, Bodhisattva Banerjee, director of GMIT and Dhurjoti Banerjee, GMIT chairman.
However, GMIT also announced the launch of its Incubation Centre with Janus Life Sciences, a start-up biotechnology company. Veteran actor and advertisement professional Barun Chanda was appointed brand ambassador of GMIT. There is a broad gap between the growing demand of software testers, data mining professionals and available training facilities for such specialised programmes across the country.
GMIT looks forward to bridging this gap by providing better training to professionals. According to a research and intelligence report by Nasscom, the global software testing market is estimated to reach $50 billion by 2020, of which India is expected to capture a share of about 55 per cent. India, being the largest offshore destination for specialised software services, accounts for about 32 per cent of the shored revenues through software testing.
However, new global job avenues would also open up because of this tie-up. “This tie-up will be beneficial not just in Bengal but across the entire country. We are facing a shortage of quality resource in testing, data mining and training facilities on such specialised services that are largely confined to government run technical institutes. We’re proud of the fact that Bassetti has agreed to lend its expertise to would-be professionals from Bengal,” said Dhurjoti Banerjee.
Bassetti is the creator of the software package Teexma, which helps put together various methods, procedures and software to help one aim at structuring, archiving and diffusing crucial knowledge within a company. David Bassett, founder and managing director, Bassetti group, said,  “We are glad to be here in India, sharing our expertise in technical management and feel this will add value to students’ careers and contribute towards the growth of the testing industry in India.”