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Five-time World Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan
Urges students to make well-informed and smart choices to emerge as winners in life
NIIT unleashes another novel initiative - “MindChampions like you, find new ways to win” - to motivate youngsters to overcome challenging situations
Lucknow, April 15, 2014: Five-time World Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand was in the city today to unveil a unique campaign designed by NIIT - FutureSmart. The campaign aims to help students who have appeared for Class X and XII Board exams and are at a critical juncture to decide the future course of their career. Anand also interacted with the young minds and shared glimpses from his journey on how strategic thinking, determination and making the right choices helped him emerge as a champion. Also present on the occasion were Vinod Koul, Vice President, Individual learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd. and Vishwas Kshirsagar, DGM – Marketing, Individual learning Solutions, NIIT.
FutureSmart is a tech-savvy umbrella program for smart students who are keen to explore new age courses.  Based on changing industry trends, FutureSmart has been designed to offer career consultations and choices to the students that are best suited to their aptitudes and are aligned to the needs of the emerging knowledge economy. The program also allows students to revise lectures and catch up on missed classes with Lesson on Demand and brush up practical applications sitting at home. Group study is also encouraged using group based online learning modules.
NIIT administers a Psychometric Assessment on students which help ascertain their strengths and advices them on which Career Path they should choose to be successful. Personalised Career Counselling is offered basis the Career Assessment Report. Students have access to not just NIIT faculty but experts from across the globe.
 “Success is all about making the right choices at the right time! I congratulate NIIT for designing the FutureSmart campaign to help youngsters make well-informed choices suited to their skills and abilities, thus opening avenues of success to millions of teenagers across India.”
“I also take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to every Indian for the faith and confidence that they have reposed in me. It is their support and encouragement that has given me the strength to bounce back. I will continue to work together with NIIT to empower young minds with strategies and lessons drawn from the game of chess,” said five-time World Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand.
Anand defied all odds to emerge as the winner of FIDE Candidates 2014 held recently in Russia with a round to spare. He has thus emerged as the ‘Challenger’ to reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, with the title Match scheduled sometime in November this year, silencing critics and enforcing the belief of his fans who have stood by him over the years.
Commemorating Anand’s win, NIIT unveiled a novel initiative aimed at motivating youngsters to overcome their challenging circumstances and emerge victorious through determination, hard work and perseverance. The initiative titled “MindChampions like you, find new ways to win” has met with an encouraging response with youngsters sharing their own personal `Vishy moment’, a moment when they exhibited resilience to emerge a winner even in tough situations.
Congratulating NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand on his spectacular win, Vinod Koul, Vice President, Individual learning Solutions, NIIT Ltd. said, “We sincerely hope that FurutreSmart will help in creating many more champions like our own MindChampion Viswanathan Anand, whose resilience and fighting spirit will inspire many youngsters to fight back and discover smarter ways to emerge as winners.”
NIIT’s association with Vishy is one of the longest brand associations in the history of Indian sport. Together for the past 15 years, they have worked relentlessly to build a community of young chess players, encouraging students to apply the winning strategies of chess in real life situations. Studies have shown that Chess improves concentration and diligence thus helping students perform better academically.
The NIIT MindChampions’ Academy - a Joint initiative by NIIT and Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand - was introduced in the year 2002 with the objective of initiating children into the world of Chess. The phenomenal success of MindChampions’ Academy has reiterated the fact that Chess has been a rewarding experience for students, helping them approach the academic problems in a more tactical and logical manner and improving their analytical skills. Today, MCA has touched 1.65 million children in over 17,000 schools across India. Over the last 12 years MCA has organized more than 16,000 school level tournaments and over 5,500 District level & State Level tournaments.  MindChampions’ Academy conducts the hugely popular annual event, known as ChessMaster for school children across India within the NIIT network of schools. NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand has personally travelled across India and has visited countries like Africa and China to inspire young minds to take up Chess. 
In his glorious career spanning over 25 years, Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand has taken Indian chess to great heights. Born in Chennai, Vishy is acclaimed to be the Fastest Brain in the world. Five-time World Champion, Vishy is the only person in Chess history to have won a World championship title in all formats - match, knock-out and tournament. It is his success in the world chess arena that has made this ancient Indian game, a mass sport in the country.
About NIIT
Established in 1981, NIIT Limited, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation, offers learning and knowledge solutions across 40 countries. Leading IT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the ‘Top Training Company’ award successively for the past 20 years, since the inception of this category.
NIIT’s training solutions in IT, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), Business Process Management (BPM), Executive Management Education, Vocational Skills, School Learning Solutions and Communication and Professional Life Skills has impacted over 35 million learners since inception.
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 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 2013-14, by Great Place to Work Institute®.
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