From the classroom to the boardroom

Getting into a job soon after graduation and then continuing higher education is a dream for many students. Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) is making this dream of many young graduates turn into a reality.

Employability of the available talent is a matter of concern for many organizations and many firms are devising various ways to bridge this industry academia gap. In this quest, Wipro goes a step further by providing a unique opportunity for science graduates to work in the IT sector through its WASE program.

Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) is an off campus earn while you learn program pioneered by Wipro in coloration with Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pillani. Initiated in the year 1995, the program offers B Sc BCM and BCA students an opportunity to work with Wipro and also earn a MS degree from BITS, Pillani without having to complete an engineering degree.

With the potential of the IT wave seemingly to reach newer heights it was prudent and foreseeable that a new and equipped workforce was required to augment the IT talent pool. We, at Wipro explored the possibilities with science graduates and figured out that these students had equal potential to be groomed into seasonal IT professionals.

Getting into WASE

The program is open to graduates and final year students of B Sc / BCM / BCA from mathematics computer sciences, IT, physics, statistics and electronic branches. The students must have mathematics as one of their subjects in 12th and should have scored 50 per cent or above in 10th, 12th, and 60 percent and above in graduation till date.

The selection process for WASE consists of two stages a Common Entrance Test and an HR interview. Apart from the educational qualifications, we also look for strong communication, confidence, attention to detail and the ability to analyze in the candidates we hire. Since candidates will also work with teams within Wipro we also focus on their team bonding ability and problem solving skills.

Once student is inducted into the program he /she have to go through a 48 month course which is divided into eight semesters with four courses per semester. Contact classes for 16 weeks are conducted by BITS with four sessions over the weekend two hours per session. During the week, the student will get an opportunity to work with live projects among various business domains in Wipro.

The educational grooming provided by the prestigious BITS, Pilani and the expert project experience provided by Wipro together ensure that a student receives the best in the industry in terms of exposure and career growth potential.

Build your career

According to a student of Computer applications and Business Intelligence/Data warehouse developer of a project, WASE is a program that is complete in it self and has given her an edge over her friends who are pursuing their regular post graduation courses. My friends who are doing regular post graduation will complete it in two or three years and then, start looking for a job, which makes me two years ahead of them. It gives me the opportunity to extend my stay in the industry /corporate world by 2-4 years by making me start early at the age of 21. WASE is a challenging program and it is not for students who are looking to relax after they have completed their graduation. Apart from benefiting professionally by working on different technologies and interacting with various kinds of people across the globe, the learning from the program on a personal front is also immense especially the essential skill of time management.

Recognizing the quality of the program, WASE was globally ranked 2nd among the most mature corporate universities and has also won the corporate University Exchange award for Excellence and Innovation in Corporate learning.

WASE is an opportunity to step into the IT career and with the grooming from experts one could evolve as a qualified professional at Wipro with a software engineering specialization. In its 15 years of existence a large number of candidates have benefited from WASE and built successful careers

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