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At present, India has 182engineering colleges and another 700 academies that specialize in the teaching of computer sciences. Due to the massive demand for seats, a large part of this computer training is supplied by the private sector. This includes professional organizations and private entrepreneurs. Course outside the formal educational infrastructure are not as yet standardized, and the quality might vary from excellent to inadequate. The government, with the cooperation of some reputed IT associations, is working on a set of norms that will bring conformity to computer education. Until this is done, it is best to follow a few guidelines that will ensure the right choice of institution. These are:

Computers: Besides larger machines, used specifically in education, a good institution possesses a standard minimum of an IBM PC/XT/AT compatible supporting MS-DOS, and a super micro computer supporting UNIX/XENIX, to train

Classroom, Equipment should include audio-visual aids such as video and overhead projectors.

Courseware must be of good quality, specially designed and issued to students free of cost.

Faculty should comprise of a full-time staff of qualified lecturers as well as visiting experts who interact with students from time to time.

Student/Teacher Ratio, for effective skill and knowledge acquisition, and one to thirty at the very maximum.

Student/Computer Ratio, for machine familiarization and concept and skill acquisition, allows at most, two students per computer, and for skill application, five per computer.

Selection process

At all good institutions this includes a comprehensive entrance test and personal interview to assess the candidate's aptitude. The duration of training varies from one to four years, depending on the level and type of course chosen.

Academic Programme

A standard curriculum is structured to cover areas necessary to impart essential knowledge and skills towards career development in the current environment. A detailed schedule of classroom and computer sessions is provided to students at the start of the course, defining precisely the areas to be covered in each session. Good institutions have a well-designed feedback system to continuously monitor student's learning intake, as well as responses to faculty, courseware, curriculum and course design.

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