IEEE announces the Blended Learning Program

Skills Based Training Program in VLSI

January 07, 2014 6:19 IST | India Infoline News Service
IEEE today announced the launch of the Blended Learning Program at the VLSI and Embedded Systems Conference, 2014. The IEEE and RV-VLSI Blended Learning program in Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) is a unique program that aims to increase the availability of skilled engineers in the rapidly growing Electronic Design and Manufacturing sector in India.

The two key goals of the program are to provide undergraduate students the conceptual understanding of semiconductor design with extensive hands-on training on application of theory to practice so that they will consider Electronic Design or Embedded Systems as an attractive career option and have enhanced job prospects, and to help address the growing need for effective corporate on-board training to make new employees productive faster.

Commenting on the program, Mr. David Goldstein, Director, New Product Development, IEEE said, “India already has a very large talent pool with almost a million engineers graduating (as per AICTE data) from various engineering colleges every year. We hope that this program will complement and add to the various initiatives including those from the union and state governments, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), and other private sector initiatives to help reduce the skills shortage in semiconductor design industry. The aim is to help ensure that there is sufficient supply of skilled manpower to effectively meet on-going demand from the industry.”
Mr. Venkatesh Prasad, CEO, RV-VLSI reiterated, “The program uses a unique padagogical approach that takes the learner through various levels of learning in an industry-like environment. The courses have been designed to include stages of self-driven learning, practice, extensive hands-on project work in instructor-led labs, and assessment. The program is designed to reinforce concepts at each stage to enhance retention, ability to apply concepts and hence skills.

Mr. Harish Mysore, Director, India Operations, IEEE said, “Through this association between IEEE and RV-VLSI, we aim to serve as a catalyst for fostering connections between the industry and academia. We have selected experts from universities and the industry around the world to review and enhance the content. The blended learning program that employs an advanced e-Learning platform will create a new benchmark in skills based educaton and further build upon IEEE’s several other significant educational initiatives.”

The Blended Learning Program consists of three key components. First, an e-Learning component introduces theoretical concepts and practice through simulations & case studies in an any-time, low-stakes learning evironment. Second, the instructor-led lab/classroom instruction provides extensive hands-on practice in applying concepts. Finally, on-going performance feedback and analytics provides detailed measurements of a student’s performance on e-Learning and classroom components that benefits students and enables instructors to make more effective use of lab time.

The program consists of modules covering fundamentals of chip design for analog and digital circuits, system verification, layout, timing analysis, and others. Each course is offered in a workshop style format over two to five days with two-thirds of the time devoted to the project work.

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