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"Although nearly 1.3 lakh students study in universities in India, around 80 per cent of these graduates are considered not job-ready by employers," NIIT Executive Director P Rajendran told reporters here.

He added that through this course, NIIT will bring SWEBOK and other IEEE educational and skill development programmes to NIIT's over 500 centres.

"With an aim to bring engineers at par with the global industry standards, we plan to train over 40,000 engineering graduates in SWEBOK training programs in next three years. In the first year, we expect to train 5,000-8,000 and go higher from there," NIIT President Futurz Amitabh Lahiri said.

The company is working out the details of the centres where the course will be available. It is expected to be rolled out from December onwards.

According to a report by Aspiring Minds Assessment, only 18.43 per cent engineers are employable for the software engineer-IT services role, while just 3.95 per cent are trained to be directly deployed on projects.

For core jobs in mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil jobs, only 7.49 per cent engineers are employable.

"By forging this strategic partnership with NIIT, we look forward to taking the SWEBOK and other IEEE educational and skill development programs global. We are glad to have come together with NIIT to reduce the skill gap among engineering graduates throughout India," IEEE President and CEO Roberto de Marca said.

NIIT and IEEE Computer Society will provide three courses based on the SWEBOK certification -- SWEBOK Certificate Program (SCP), The Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).