Going one step ahead of its competitors, HCL Technologies Ltd has embarked on a new programme to catch some of the brightest minds of the country. 

Unlike other companies who offer college placements, HCL will now hire students straight out of school and train them to be IT professionals, who in turn will work for the company, says a Times Of India report.

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''The programme aims to provide opportunities to bright students who do not have access to the right jobs. This will also help the company to create a dedicated workforce. We are looking at on-boarding young minds,” Srimathi Shivashankar, vice-president, HCL Technologies told Business Standard.

What is the offer?

Through this programme, HCL Technologies will train 200 high-school students (Class XII) for a year beginning April and absorb them in its firm for entry-level software jobs.

How to get into the programme?

Students need to have an average of 85% in their Class XII board exams (80% for CBSE students) to get into the programme.

What will students get to learn?

For the first nine months, students will learn a combination of basic engineering courses which includes application development, software testing, application support, and infrastructure management services.  

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The next three months will be on-the-job training for 100 students each in its Lucknow and Madurai training campuses. 

Students will also get the option of pursuing a BSc degree from SSN Engineering College through a weekend college programme. 

What after the course?

After the course completion, students will be taken on in various projects of HCL Technologies at a starting salary of Rs 1.8 lakh a year.

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