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World No. 1 Viswanathan Anand & DU VC mentor students at NIIT Graduation Day
New Delhi, June 2, 2007: NIIT students’ dream came true when their names were announced to receive the GNIIT title by none other than the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University Prof. Deepak Pental, at the 25th NIIT Graduation Day. The duo along with NIIT leaders mentored GNIIT students who passed out of IT training major, NIIT today, to embark upon a bright career.
At the convocation ceremony, 25 top performers of the GNIIT programme were awarded titles by Prof. Pental and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand. They were among the 135 GNIIT students who gathered at IIT Delhi campus, along with their parents, to receive the titles. The students have successfully completed one of the most comprehensive, industry-endorsed IT curriculums—GNIIT, that offers one year’s industry training through Professional Practice (PP).
While addressing students, the head of country’s most prestigious university, Prof. Pental and Viswanathan Anand stressed upon the need for continuous learning with passion and dedication, to reach the pinnacle of success. 
Sharing his success mantra that transforms ordinary players into champions World No. 1 and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand said, “Having ‘prepared’ yourself for the challenging IT world, it is now time for you to ‘practice’ what you have learnt and ‘perform’ in the real world.”
Speaking on the occasion, NIIT Chairman Rajendra S. Pawar said, “NIIT students have been the flag bearers of the globally recognized Indian IT industry, for the last 25 years. I congratulate every student passing out today and urge them to play a key role in shaping the country’s economy”.
As per estimates of NASSCOM, there will be a demand for 850,000 IT services and 1.4 million ITES-BPO professionals by 2010. The Indian IT industry continues to look at premier institutes such as NIIT to help fill the large number of vacant jobs.
GNIIT students are equipped with the latest technology skills by virtue of the rigorous training they undergo in the class rooms, computer labs and the one year of Professional Practice to take up these jobs.
The NIIT Graduation Day blended seriousness with joy. Dressed in the traditional ‘Graduation’ robe and hat, NIIT students took oath followed by ‘Hat Rolling’.
Note on GNIIT
NIIT’s flagship computer programme, GNIIT, is one of the most comprehensive, industry-endorsed IT curriculum that offers one year’s industry training through Professional Practice (PP). During this one-year, students are groomed on professional and personal attributes like their adaptability, planning ability, analytical ability, customer focus, learning ability, image and confidence, documentation skills, communication skills, initiative, and cooperation.
The Industry-Endorsed GNIIT Program’s new curriculum helps students develop a strong conceptual foundation, along with technical skills for meeting the core requirements of the job demands in IT and IT related domains. Emphasis is given to industry specific competencies, so that students can excel in the most competitive work environment.
The new multi-track GNIIT program comes with the following:
  • Software Engineering track prepares students to build career in this domain
  • Systems Engineering & Networking track aims to produce Enterprise IT Infrastructure Operations and Management professionals
  • Information Systems track creates professionals for implementing and managing Information Systems and Business Applications
NIIT’s partnership with academia, and IT majors brings to the students’ IT skills mapped to the real life requirements of the industry. With the new curriculum, learners can stay abreast of the new developments in the IT field and gain the necessary skill sets to work on cutting edge platforms and environments.
Professional PracticeTM: The uniqueness of the GNIIT program also lies in its one year Professional Practice (PP) which gives the students the opportunity to work at leading IT organizations. It gives exposure to ‘live’ case studies and a stipend that lets them earn-while-they-learn.
Eligibility criteria
Students passing out of Class XIIth are eligible to enroll for a GNIIT programme.
Admission procedure
Admissions are on for the GNIIT programme. Students are suggested to visit their nearest centre and undergo a counseling session with the counselor. The students will then be taken through an aptitude test followed by an interview.
Merit Scholarship: NIIT believes in fuelling the ambitions of its students. Scholarships are awarded to deserving candidates on the basis of their Class 12 results.
Global Professional: Pursued as a dual-qualification programme, with a graduation degree and GNIIT, students can get global technology certifications to prepare them for the best career opportunities across the world. Students can also exit as a certified professional at various levels fitted to established job profiles required by industry.
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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