Rajasthan Government Launches R-CAT IT Learning Center to Promote Youth Employability in the Sector

Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot launched the Rajiv Gandhi Center of Advanced Technology (R-CAT) in Jaipur on August 20, 2022 on the sidelines of DigiFest 2022, as part of the government’s continued efforts to promote information technology (IT) as an industry of choice for state graduates.

Recognizing the growth potential of the IT industry and startups in Rajasthan, R-CAT was announced in the state budget (fiscal year 2021-22), under the leadership of the Department of Information Technology and communications (DoIT&C).

The main objective of R-CAT is to train new technology graduates in certificate courses from partners such as Oracle, SAS India, VMware, Red Hat and Autofina Robotics, in disciplines such as artificial intelligence (AI ), machine learning (ML), robotics, blockchain (Web3), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), quantum computing, etc. It will also train students in the soft skills needed for employability.

The center will essentially operate as a graduation school for students in Rajasthan to bridge the gap between learning and applying technology, ensuring that students are equipped with all the skills necessary for prepare for industry.

Named in honor of the late former Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi – which was known for modernizing computing and communications across the country – R-CAT will also provide research opportunities for young people, which will help students discover and explore cutting-edge technologies and the latest computing developments. At its state-of-the-art Tonk Road campus, R-CAT’s infrastructure includes classrooms, workspaces for groups and individuals, smart classrooms, a conference room and a robotics lab.

“Students who come to this center will be able to take advanced courses, thus increasing their employability. This will contribute to the development of human resources in the IT sector,” Chief Minister Gehlot said at the inauguration, adding in a separate statement: “We strongly believe that by undergoing training on advanced and emerging technologies at the center , through industry leaders, the young people of the state would be able to become job-ready and acceptable to the industry.

Beneficiaries of the center’s courses say the programs greatly help startups and are especially useful for young people and entrepreneurs. Anshul Goyal, Director of Rajasthan-based startup Wellforia Marketing Private Ltd, who recently completed the SAS Certified Specialist (Base SAS Programming & Visual Analytics) course at R-CAT, said, “The infrastructure of the R-CAT center is excellent. and even the faculty was very good. The course was rigorous and very practical, more theory driven which helps to gain real world experience. The course syllabus was also good.

Manish Kumar, founder of the comprehensive breeding platform Verdant Impact, also said R-CAT training programs have helped him refine his company’s business model. “At R-CAT, we participated in the C4C (cloud for the customer) and Business Analytics programs. Thanks to these different sessions, we were able to refine our commercial strategy and our go-to-market model, as well as discover SAS Enterprise Miner .

Also speaking at the launch of R-CAT, Akhil Arora (IAS), Principal Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan, DoIT&C, said, “After the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone knew without a doubt that this was the age of technology, and especially IT technologies. ‘information. In the beginning, everyone thought that computing was only for highly educated people or only for the urban population. But thanks to the many initiatives of the Prime Minister, it has been proven that whether you are from a village or an urban area, a child or an elderly person, rich or poor, IT is essential for all the world.

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