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All India Council for Technical Education.

Leadership in Teaching Excellence (LITE)
Industry Hiring Network

Would you like to be an early adopter to hire full-stack student developers trained in a curriculum co-developed with Freshworks?

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Supported By

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Everything you
need to know

What is this?

A program to select early adopters who wish to hire full-stack student developers in a curriculum co-created with Freshworks.

How does it work?

Students learn a full-stack web development curriculum designed by practicing software engineers. You can access these student devs as interns and seamlessly transition to full-time hires as they graduate.

Why is it needed?

To substantially increase the number of students who can join as full-stack developers in the software industry.

What do we teach these students?

Students are taught tools and techniques that are as close to real-world web development as possible. They use Visual Studio Code from Day 1 and are taught the importance of writing readable, well-formatted code.

They are asked to refactor their code and perform version control on GitHub. Furthermore, they're also taught how to ask technical questions, and how to research for solutions to new problems on their own.

What stack will students be familiar with?

  • WD101: HTML, CSS, Tailwind, JavaScript.
  • WD201: Ruby & Ruby-on-Rails (Batch 1 only [1]).
  • WD301: React with TypeScript.
  • WD401:[2] Jest/RSpec, CI/CD with Github Actions, Docker, Sentry (error-monitoring)

[1] The stack for Batch 2 onwards will be based around Express (JS)

[2] Tools/Stack used in WD401 is subject to change as the curriculum is in active development.

Who is this for?

Startups and software companies looking to hire full-stack developers.

How does this help my company/team?

Reduce your hiring efforts by interviewing students who have already demonstrated skills by building full-stack web applications.

How can we interview these students?

You can follow your own interview process to select students.

How long should the internship duration be?

It's flexible; four to six months is recommended.

What should be the internship stipend?

Based on your company policy; paid internships are recommended.

Are there any hiring charges?

Nil, for early adopters.

An initiative supported by

Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe

Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe

Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education

Mekin Maheshwari

Mekin Maheshwari

Founder, Udhyam.org & ex-CTO, Flipkart

Shekhar Kirani

Shekhar Kirani

Partner, Accel

Sandeep Singhal

Sandeep Singhal

Senior Advisor, Nexus Venture Partners

Nachiket Mor

Nachiket Mor

Visiting scientist, BALM

Dr. Ajay Nair

Dr. Ajay Nair

CEO, Swasth.app

Beginner to advanced courses

This programme is designed with 4 courses such that selected institutions can offer a 20 credit “Minor Degree in Advanced Web Development” through their trained faculty to students.

WD 101

Beginner - Getting started with Javascript (WD 101).

WD 201

Intermediate - Server-side programming with Ruby on Rails.

WD 301

Advanced - React with TypeScript.

WD 401

Getting ready for production.

WD201 RoR-based course is being replaced with a JS-based course that teaches the same concepts.

Setting the Gold Standard in Software Engineering Education

Open-source contributions made for CoronaSafe Network by 14 engineering interns who completed this program has been recognised by United Nations as the 50th Digital Public Good globally.

Student developers from 27 institutions would be available for hire by early adopters.

Map showing the universities which were admitted in the program

Apply your own hiring standards

We do not require you to bypass your existing hiring standards when providing internships or hiring opportunities. Instead, we encourage independent evaluation to assess student performance.

What we expect from you.

In exchange for accessing this pipeline of trained talent, we expect:


To work with your organization's HR and engineering leads and align with your hiring needs.


To place your logo on the Minor Degree in Advanced Web Development Website for students to be aware of internship/hiring opportunities at your organization.

Scaling to 24M students

The AICTE LITE program aims to train 24M students over the next six years, starting from schools to create a continuous supply of highly skilled developers to the industry year after year.


April 28, 2022

-Launch LITE Industry Hiring Network call

May 28, 2022

-Last Date to Apply for Industry Network

June 06, 2022

-LITE Industry Network 2022 published

Become an early adopter.

If you would like to benefit from the hiring network, we invite you to join us as an early adopter by filling in the Typeform.

May 28, 2022: The last date to apply as an early adopter for LITE Hiring Network

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions, email us at hiring@pupilfirst.org with CC to Neetha Joy at ACT Grants at neetha.joy@uwbengaluru.org