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Wins the coveted Industry accolade by Dataquest for continuous innovation in global talent development
New Delhi, January 20, 2014: NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation, has been conferred the ‘Top Training Company’ award 2013, by the country’s leading IT publication- Dataquest. NIIT has been receiving the coveted award for the last 20 years since the magazine introduced this category.
Established in 1981, to help the nascent IT industry overcome its human resource challenges, NIIT has today grown to be amongst the world’s leading talent development companies. Spread across 40 countries, NIIT has impacted over 33 million learners since inception. A pioneer and trend setter in IT education in India, NIIT has kept pace with the market by providing a range of innovative solutions to address the manpower needs of the fast evolving IT industry.
Mr. Vijay Thadani, CEO, NIIT Ltd. said, “We are honoured to receive the prestigious ‘Best Training Company’ award from Dataquest for the 20th year in row. It gives us immense pleasure to see that our efforts continue to be recognized by the industry.”
“Over the years, IT has become an enabler in every aspect of our lives, including education. It has become a key tool for delivering quality education at scale. We at NIIT are committed to delivering meaningful learning content to millions of people across the globe by innovatively using technology. Our pioneering initiative Cloud Campus, is one such endeavour that will usher in a new way of learning”, added Mr. Thadani.
According to Dataquest, NIIT continues to be the leading player in the IT Training category for the 20th consecutive year, be it individuals, corporate or schools. NIIT’s revenue of Rs. 960.8 crore in 2012-13 formed around 53% of the total IT education market in India.
Over the last three decades, NIIT has ushered multiple innovations in talent development, setting new benchmarks for the industry to emulate. Conceptualized with the founding thought of- “Bringing people and computers together, successfully”, NIIT has today transformed into a Global Talent Development Corporation backed by extensive innovation in learning and knowledge solutions delivery.
The 80s saw the introduction of path-breaking innovations -- Technology in Education; Franchising Model of Education and creation of `Computerdrome’ to provide unlimited computer time to students.  The industry endorsed GNIIT program for students seeking careers in IT; Bhavishya Jyoti Scholarships for meritorious and socially challenged students; the revolutionary Hole-in-the-Wall project for underprivileged children; and PPP models entailing partnership with State Governments for K-12 education (NIIT nGuru) were some of the key innovations initiated by the company in the 90s. The futuristic NIIT nGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprises Interactive Classrooms, Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School (Education Resource Planning software), evolved during this time. The decade also saw NIIT adopting extensive innovation in market entry strategies, across international geographies.
In the last decade, NIIT diversified beyond IT training by entering into partnership with domain experts in growing industry verticals. These included alliances with ICICI for developing trained manpower for Banking & Financial Services sector through its IFBI initiative; and with Genpact for BPM training. Similarly it has joined hands with leading B- Schools like IIMs for its NIIT Imperia venture, aimed at working professionals.  In the corporate front NIIT offers best-in-class Managed Training Services that enable clients to reduce cost, embrace change and drive real quantifiable business impact.
The not-for-profit NIIT University – a new Model in Higher Education; the new-age GNIIT- India’s First Cloud Campus; and NIIT Yuva Jyoti (a JV with NSDC ) - the largest PPP of its kind to enhance employability for youth, have added momentum to NIIT’s thrust on innovation.   The company aims to train 70 lakh youth in multi training mode through 15,000 state-of-the-art NIIT Yuva Jyoti (NYJ) Centres across 1000 cities.
The founders of NIIT also set up NIIT Foundation (NF) with the key objective of providing world-class education and training to the under-served communities.  NF has a mandate to reach the unreached, uncared and unattended to ensure inclusive development in India.
During the financial 2012-13, NIIT reinforced its vision to usher in a new way of learning by taking its pioneering Cloud based offerings across its four platforms of growth – Managed Training Services, NIIT nGuru, NIIT Yuva Jyoti and Cloud Campus. Through this initiative, NIIT is redefining the education landscape by making available new-age skills to students and learners across geographies. The extended range of training offerings in IT, Banking, Global Finance, Management, Digital & Social Media Marketing under Cloud CampusTM is aimed at transforming learners into first-day first-hour industry-ready professionals.
The pioneering Cloud campus initiative has now expanded to cover 92 courses across 210 centres with a cumulative enrolment of over 53,000 students. This breakthrough initiative for harnessing the Cloud is likely to have huge impact on the education industry that is currently beset by the dual challenges of quality and scalability.
NIIT strengthened its IT training portfolio during the year, by entering into a MoU with NASSCOM to enhance skill development of graduates through in-campus training initiative, across colleges in the country.
In another significant development NIIT announced the launch of a comprehensive and unique – “Program in Business Analytics” to develop the next generation of data scientists and business analytics professionals.
About NIIT
Established in 1981, NIIT Limited, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s premier IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions across 40 countries. Leading IT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the ‘Top IT Training Company’ award successively for the past 20 years, since the inception of this category.
NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT – GNIIT and Edgeineers, and GlobalNet+ for IT professionals. The company has introduced “India’s first cloud campus”, through its new-age GNIIT program. This offers students a higher mobility as they can access courseware using Netbooks to connect seamlessly to NIIT’s Cloud Campus network.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions offers Managed Training Services including integrated learning solutions (strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses.
NIIT Yuva Jyoti, a joint venture between NIIT and NSDC, offers vocational skills training programs to enhance employability of youth across India.
NIIT has provided computer-based learning to around 17,000 Government and private schools. The futuristic NIIT nGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprises Interactive Classrooms, Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School (Education Resource Planning software).
NIIT Imperia - Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Learning Programs in association with leading Business schools in India, KPMG, Google India and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), using the synchronous learning platform.
NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (NIIT IFBI), formed by NIIT with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporates in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance.
NIIT Institute of Process Excellence Limited, a NIIT-GENPACT venture (NIIT Uniqua), offers complete training outsourcing services to the Business Process, Knowledge and Technology Services industry to create business models that enhance productivity and lower costs.
In recognition of its people centric policies, which foster an environment of growth and career development, NIIT has been ranked as the 4th Best company to work for in India 2013-14, by Great Place to Work Institute®.
For media queries, please contact:
Prateek Chatterjee
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Marketing, NIIT Limited
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