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NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand mentors young Chess enthusiasts in KolkataEncourages young talents to emerge as winners and flag bearers of excellence
Kolkata, December 22, 2013: NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand today interacted with young chess enthusiasts in the city sharing glimpses from his journey on how strategic thinking and determination helped him emerge as a champion. Anand expressed happiness over  the fact that ‘Chess’ is now gaining popularity in India and young enthusiasts of the game are pursuing it with seriousness and dedication. Eminent personalities from the academia fraternity of Kolkata & Industry were also present on the occasion.

The MindChampion spoke at length on how academics just like Chess is a mind game that requires concentration and in-depth understanding of the subject. During the talk, Anand emphasized on how Chess positively impacts analytical and logical thinking in children, thus helping them excel in studies. While addressing the students, Anand also said that only continuous learning with passion and commitment can help them to reach the pinnacle of success. 

Surojit Biswas, Vice President, NIIT Ltd said, “Success in today’s age is determined by an individual’s ability to outperform competition with information and knowledge. At NIIT, it is our constant endeavour to equip our students with strategic inputs and I am sure that Anand’s sharp insights will prove valuable for all of us.”

Speaking on the occasion NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand said, “It feels great to interact with chess enthusiasts and young minds who will determine the future of our nation. I am a firm believer that success can be achieved only through consistent performance, focus and practice, and I am delighted to interact with such a enthusiastic bunch who are determined to emerge successful in life.”
On the occasion NIIT also highlighted their breakthrough initiative ‘Cloud Campus’, aimed at redefining the education landscape by making available new-age skills, to students across the country.  NIIT aims to offer over 100 courses across 300 locations by the end of 2013, thus enabling coverage of over 500,000 students by 2014. NIIT will offer training programs in IT, Banking, Global Finance, Management, Digital & Social Media Marketing, through Cloud CampusTM with innovative learning features.

NIIT Cloud CampusTM will empower the youth of the country by providing new-age training programs through the cutting-edge Cloud technology, to make them first-day first-hour industry ready professionals. This pioneering initiative from NIIT will help take high quality educational programs to the remotest corners of the country, thus addressing the dilemma of scalability and quality in education that our country is currently facing. NIIT Cloud CampusTM is based on a revolutionary educational paradigm which takes students beyond the traditional classroom teaching. It seamlessly blends classrooms, Cloud enabled classrooms and collaborated learning into India’s first Cloud Campus.
About NIIT Cloud Campus
‘NIIT Cloud CampusTM’ enables students to learn from the best teachers irrespective of their geographical location. They can also get hands-on practice through lab exercises in machine rooms at the NIIT centres. It has an innovative ‘Anywhere Lab’ feature, which allows students to practice the application of concepts learnt in class, from any part of the globe, while chatting with experts to seek answers to their queries.
NIIT Cloud CampusTM harnesses the power of Cloud technology to provide unique features – such asCloud Classroom – where students can interact and learn from not only the at-location faculty, but more importantly from expert faculty from wherever they are.Cloud Courseware –the digital and dynamic courseware enables students to make notes, highlight and review at their convenience.Anywhere Lab – providing 24x7 access for hands-  on practice on their devices.Lesson on Demand – ensuring that students don’t have to    miss a lesson, even if they miss a class.Online Assessments – enabling students take practice tests besides taking industry-level assessments.Buddynet Learning – a learning feature that enables collaboration with other students as well as expert faculty, thus making learning lot more fun.
Cloud enabled learning, owing to its 24x7, any-time, anywhere availability and scalability, can prove to be a big boon for the Indian education sector. NIIT will now make it possible to take high-quality education—including content, and instruction—to the far reaches of the country, using the Cloud platform.

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 provides computer-based learning to around 15,000 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, by Great Place to Work Institute®.

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Prateek Chatterjee
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Marketing,
NIIT Limited
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