Two tech companies in India’s Telangana state have joined forces to develop a local blockchain talent pool, through a program aimed at teaching blockchain skillsets. Tech Mahindra and Idealabs have developed a series of professional certification courses, delivered through a combination of live classes and seminars led by leading blockchain professionals. The scheme will also offer employability support for candidates looking to secure jobs in the sector, part of a collaboration aimed at building up blockchain expertise in the region. Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary ITE&C of the government of Telangana, welcomed the initiative, describing the initiatives as “imperative to bridge the gap between academia and industry and improve the employability of students.” Blockchain & Cybersecurity practice leader at Tech Mahindra, Rajesh Dhuddu, said the collaboration would establish a global benchmark for industry-academia initiatives. “Tech Mahindra has been at the forefront of evangelising the adoption and growth of blockchain technology in India and globally. We believe an ‘industry-academia’ collaboration model will be a key enabler in pursuit of setting a global benchmark in developing cutting-edge blockchain technology solutions and platforms across industries.” “This initiative is a step in this direction wherein we combine our best-in-breed thought leadership and innovation with hands-on academic experience of Idealabs to hone the skillsets of our young tech talent and prepare them for exciting career opportunities in the blockchain space,” he said. It is thought the resources will help the burgeoning blockchain sector in India, with a number of startups and multinationals strengthening their blockchain resources.