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Tripura CM Flags off NIIT MindChampion Academy Initiative in the State
Tripura CM Flags off NIIT MindChampion Academy Initiative in the State
Agartala, June 04, 2007: Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Manik Sarkar today flagged off NIIT’s MindChampions Academy initiative in 28 Government Schools in the state of Tripura. NIIT MindChampions Academy is a joint initiative of the IT training pioneer NIIT and chess ace Viswanathan Anand, that exposes students in the age group of 6-15 years to the world of Chess.
NIIT MindChampions Academy today, is being launched in 28 schools in the state and been successfully introduced in nearly 4000 schools across the country, thus exposing students in the age group of 6-15 years to the world of Chess. 
Marking the symbolic launch of the academy in the state, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri. Manik Sarkar and World No.1 Viswanathan Anand made their first moves in a game of Chess and distributed MCA kits to the Principals of the identified 28 Government Schools. 
Speaking at the launch, Hon’ble Chief Minister exhorted the young learners to imbibe computer skills and participate in the emerging knowledge era. He hoped that initiatives like these will go a long way in making computer and computer aided education accessible to learners in remote areas of the state.
Shri Kesab Majumdar, Hon’ble Minister of Revenue, Education, Law, Youth Affairs & Sports also joined the Chief Minister in highlighting the importance of promoting ICT in education at the school level. Shri Hiralal Chakraborty, IAS, Director School Education & SPD, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Tripura, Sri D. Dutta, Director, SCERT, Tripura & Sri. Kishor Ambuly, IAS   DM, West Tripura were present among other senior dignitaries from the State.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. L. Balasubramanian, President, NIIT K-12, said, “We are happy to be a part of this revolution to develop ICT enabled education for school children in Tripura. NIIT’s initiative of introducing ICT enabled education at school level is an essential step towards arming them with tools to excel in their career and life. Computer-aided education not only helps raise the standards of learning in school, it has also been proven that it enhances performance level of students in other areas.”
NIIT has been providing computer education and computer assisted education in partnership with the state government under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Mission of the state of Tripura.
Speaking at the launch of NIIT MindChampions Academy, World No.1 Viswanathan Anand said, “India today is a reckoning economic force that has already made its mark in the global IT services business.  However, we still have to create the same kind of magic in Sports.”
“I am happy to say that since the launch of NIIT MindChampions Academy in 2003, the game of chess has gained popularity.  I am hopeful that with the launch of the Academy in schools across the states, we will see more young talent embracing this mind game and one day they will go on to play for the country on the world level”, he further added.
Launched in 2003 with an objective of initiating students into the world of Chess, NIIT MindChampions Academy has today fostered nearly 4000 clubs with more than 70000 students as its members in schools where NIIT offers computer education.
The students use computer-based tutorials, during and after school as a virtual playfield to hone their skills in the game of Chess. Apart from tutorials, promising Chess players get an opportunity to interact with NIIT Brand Ambassador and Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, in person at regular intervals.
Leveraging its inherent strength in technology, NIIT MindChampions Academy has created a virtual community of Chess enthusiasts in the country. The Academy has Viswanathan Anand, NIIT Group Chairman Rajendra S. Pawar and President of NIIT K12 L. Balasubramanian and few eminent world Chess personalities on its Advisory Board.
About NIIT K-12
NIIT through its K-12 division is reaching 1.4 million kids in nearly 3800 government and private schools, equipping them with crucial IT skills to prepare them for tomorrow’s knowledge society. NIIT is working actively to make computers an intrinsic part of the lives of children and also those of the socially and economically challenged sections of the society, who may never have had a chance to integrate with the emerging 21st century environment, to give a better prospect to their future. NIIT has been providing computer and computer-aided education in State Govt. schools in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Noida (UP).
About NIIT
NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions in 30 countries. NIIT together with the recently acquired Element K is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the Top IT Training Company Award 2006. Rated among India’s Superbrands (2003-05), NIIT’s education offerings include: GNIIT, an industry-endorsed program for students seeking careers in the IT segments; Integrated ANIIT for Engineers (IAE)—a dual qualification program for engineering students under the NIIT Edgeineers series of training programs on advanced technologies for IT professionals and skill up gradation programs for engineering graduates. NIIT also offers a turnkey IT integration program that provides computer-based learning in 3,906 government and private schools.
In the Corporate Solutions Business, NIIT’s offerings are bolstered by its SEI CMM Level 5 assessed learning services capability. The Corporate Solutions Business offers integrated learning solutions that include strategic consulting, learning design, content development, learning delivery, learning technology services and learning administration.
NIIT’s customers include many Fortune 500 companies, universities, technology companies, training corporations and publishing houses.
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