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Hyderabad: Not many women favour new tech

Hyderabad: Fewer women techies are interested in learning new technologies be it blockchain or Artificial Intelligence, according to a survey conducted by IIIT-H and Talent Sprint. Learning new technologies has often suffered from the gender skewed ratio especially at premier institutions. 

“Women have low representation (25 per cent) in the IT industry. Only when we can erase the myth that women are bad at programming, more women will be willing to learn. For the learning courses, IIIT-H is offering scholarships for women because of which we can see more women coming here than to other institutes,” said Mr. Ramesh Loganathan.

IIIT Hyderabad Association along with Talent Sprint on Wednesday has announced the launch of an Advanced Certificate Program on blockchain Technologies and Solutions. According to a survey of 1,500 participants, people with 4-10 years of experience are looking to learn Block-chain which is catching up with AI/ML. Nasscom estimates that blockchain has the potential to create value of up to $5 billion in India in the next five years. Experts at the session noted that Hyderabad has been progressive in embracing Blockchain. The three-month program will be delivered by faculty from the Blockchain Research CoE and practitioners from Talent Sprint, with extensive hands-on assignments and capstone project.

Dr P.J. Narayanan, Director, IIIT Hyderabad, said “We have been selected as one of the university partners for Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) initiative. Our Blockchain Centre of Excellence will focus on advanced research.”