Techie turned vegetable vendor in Hyd gets a free course in AI and a laptop from TITA

  • Software Sharadha accepted TITA's offer

  • Sundeep Makthala supports techie turned vegetable vendor with a free course in artificial intelligence and a laptop

  • Focus on helping her hone her technical skills without disrupting the current vegetable business

  • Makthala appeal IT Professionals to constantly look to add new skills

Hyderabad, Aug 2, 2020: "You give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime. Thus goes the Chinese adage." Software professionals industry body Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) President Sundeep Kumar Makthala has implemented the same with respect to Sharadha, the IT professional who turned into a vegetable vendor after losing her job at software company Virtuosa due to the coronovirus crisis, by enrolling her for a technical course in artificial intelligence and also presenting her with a laptop to do the learning.

TITA President, after learning about her precarious financial position, wanted to extend her some financial assistance. However, after learning about technical prowess and her intent to slug it out, it had decided to give her free training in artificial intelligence through the training module TITA is offering in association with University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), one of the top universities in the US.

TITA also decided to give her a laptop that will allow her to undergo the certificate course in artificial intelligence from her home and while continuing to support her family by selling vegetables.

‘Sharadha’s story is inspiring in these covid times where job losses are not uncommon. However, she took things in her stride and went on to work with the resources at hand. In doing this, she has sent a message that tough times do not last but tough people do. We interacted with her and learnt that she is willing to hone her technical skills. She is one who relies on hardwork alone. We thought a course in artificial intelligence will be of more help in the current situations. The laptop will allow her to pursue the course while continuing to work at home,” said TITA Global President Sundeep Kumar Makthala about the decision to offer her an opportunity to pursue a course with an international certification and a laptop free to her.

Commenting on the crisis in the IT industry, Makthala said the industry is not immune to the changes happening globally. However, the IT professionals should learn to cope with the job scenarios and should not lose heart. They should use the current times to hone their existing skills or learn new skills, which will enhance their employability in times to come. TITA has been working on this front to drive home the need for learning new skills constantly. Last year, there was an incident where one techie Harini lost her life and that has shook many in the industry.

Makthala said youngsters should look at entrepreneurship as well and not just look for a placement. Artificial intelligence, cyber security, blockchain technologies are the current flavor and promise to provide job opportunities, he said.

TITA Spokesperson Venkata Vanam, TITA Sports Secretary Ronith Banda, Iliyas, Harika participated.

It may be recalled that Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who has begun an initiative to provide jobs to migrant workers after months of helping them get back to their native places, had helped last week an out of job software engineer secure a job. As per a video uploaded on Twitter, the engineer was fired during the lockdown due to Covid-19 and was forced to sell vegetables for a living.

A user had written, “Dear @SonuSood sir, She’s Sharada, techie who recently got fired from @VirtusaCorp Hyd amid Covid crisis. Without giving up, She’s selling vegetables to support her family & surviving. Please see if you could support her in anyways. Hope you’ll revert sir.”

Sonu tweeted an update and wrote, “My official met her.Interview done. Job letter already sent. Jai hind.”