The Goa Technology Association (GTA) launched a student chapter last week. It was an informal launch as the association is planning a major event, sometime in mid-January 2019, to mark the inclusion of a student wing.
Magirish Salelkar, president, GTA, said that members of the student chapter were drawn from five engineering colleges of the state- Goa Engineering College, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Padre Conceição College of Engineering, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design and Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology. “The association will be asking the faculty and principle of engineering colleges in the state to identify students for potential membership,” he added.
The GTA student chapter plans to mentor students and address their issues, such as placements, how to handle interviews, industry- college linkage, etc. “The GTA is the first local industry body to launch a student chapter,” said Salelkar.
GTA currently has a membership of about 76 units. According to the organization, local IT units provide direct employment to about 5,000 people and indirect employment to about 3,000 individuals. Further the industry utilizes about 80 per cent of local talent.