1. What is “Campus Connect”? What are the objectives?
Campus Connect is Infosys’ initiative to help increase India’s competitiveness in the knowledge economy. Campus Connect aims at evolving a model through which Infosys and engineering institutions can partner for competitiveness, enhance the pool of highly capable talent for growth requirements in Information Technology (IT) space. It is aimed at creating an effective means of backward integration into the supply chain by going into the college campuses from where the IT industry gets the people for its growth.

2. What is the goal of Campus Connect?
The goal of Campus Connect is to build a sustainable partnership with engineering education institutions for mutual benefit.

3. What are the criteria to join the program?
The exact criteria will change from time to time. A variety of parameters are involved. Some of them are – College has good standards, students have good standards, Infosys has been visiting the college in the past, college is open-minded, college is a trend setter.

4. What are some of the activities that Campus Connect will initiate?

A variety of things are lined up under the Campus Connect initiative.
a) Seminars and faculty training for colleges: This will give an industry perspective to the faculty.
b) Aligning the college curriculum with industry requirements and working with educational bodies for implementing it.
c) Publishing Infosys courseware on the web: This will give students and faculty access to courseware designed by us. The courseware adds to the existing college courseware and highlights the integrated, systems way of looking at hitherto discrete topics. This is the courseware we use to prepare our new recruits for global “industry ready” standards.
d) Sabbatical for Professors: Professors can pursue areas of research interest with us, and also add to the intellectual content.

5. How is Infosys making this exclusive for the participating colleges?
a) Assistance to the faculty in order to introduce industry oriented courses
b) Sabbaticals for the faculty
c) Sponsorship of events in the tech-fests of the colleges
d) Technical seminars by expert Infoscions in their campuses
e) Allowing industry visits by students of the college to Infosys campuses

6. What kind of sabbatical projects will be provided to the professors?
Projects that require expert inputs and have some element in conceptualizing, defining, and prototyping the solution. The outcome may be a paper, a prototype, an analysis and so on which has mutual value.

7. What are the components of a student project in the project-bank?
There are 3 documents for a student project. One is the project description document, giving details about the functional components, milestones, hardware/software requirements, references etc. Then, there is a student’s kit consisting of the templates to use for the project (requirements specification, database description, test-plan etc). Finally, there is a faculty kit which is visible only for the faculty logins. This contains some points on the evaluation strategy at each milestone of the project.

8. What kind of help will be provided by Infosys towards these projects?
The idea is to make the project descriptions and kits detailed enough for the students to carry on the project. In general, Infosys will not be involved in those projects in the way of assistance, monitoring, evaluation etc. However, if some Alumni Infoscions want to offer help to the students, they can do so either through mails or through the discussion forum in the portal.

9. What is the Campus Connect portal for?
The portal is an important element of this program. It serves several purposes like providing Infosys courseware, providing student projects and sabbatical projects, fostering discussion among the faculty/student/alumni through a discussion forum, providing a link to the Alumni Infoscions and hosting important news and events related to the program.

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