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Sun Microsystems and NIIT partner to offer Solaris Training
NIIT students and software professionals to gain from a stronger relationship
Bangalore, March 13, 2007: Sun Microsystems India Pvt. Ltd. and Asia’s largest IT trainer, NIIT, have expanded their relationship to offer training in the growing Open Source Computing, through Sun Solaris Training programs. As part of the alliance, NIIT will offer specialized training programs through its network of education centers as well as specialized Solaris labs to be set up in metros, to several thousand students and software professionals in the country.
Through this alliance, NIIT has access to the latest Sun technologies, tools, technical resources and curricula on Java & XML, and Solaris OS System administration.
This initiative is the latest in Sun's drive to provide academic developers with the educational tools and resources they need to cultivate important IT skills, participate in today's global economy, and contribute to the innovation of new technologies.
New offerings from Sun-NIIT alliance:
As part of its NetworkLABS curriculum, NIIT will now offer Training and Certification on Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) to students, thus enhancing their skills and giving a comprehensive knowledge of this innovative operating system.
  • For Undergraduates -- As part of the ongoing efforts to continuously enhance learning offerings, and bringing the latest Technologies to its students, NIIT will now integrate the Solaris 10 OS Training and Certification into its NetworkLABS curriculum, aimed at career aspirants keen to join the expanding IT Infrastructure Management Services industry. Students will get to work on the new functionality of Solaris 10 OS with features like optimal utilization, relentless availability, unparalleled security and extreme performance, thus enhancing their employability. These programs would be offered as modular specialization programs in the NetworkLABS curriculum.
  • For Working professionals -- The high-end Solaris 10 curriculum will be integrated into NIIT’s CATS (Curriculum for Advanced Technology Studies) offerings. This will allow professionals to ramp up Solaris 10 OS skills.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Karie Wilyerd, Vice President & Chief Learning Officer, Sun Microsystems Inc, said, “Sun's goal is to empower academic developers through sharing, collaboration and open innovation—the key elements of what we at Sun refer to as the Participation Age. Our relationship with NIIT lets students to help each other, gain hands-on experience with leading-edge, open source technologies and prepare for the next age in the education process—what we term as Learning 2.0. Not only will these students be prepared to compete in the global economy, they will also go on to create amazing innovations.”
According to Mr. Vijay K Thadani, CEO, NIIT, “The industry is currently grappling with the growing shortage of skilled manpower in emerging global technologies. We are happy to further strengthen our partnership with Sun, in line with our efforts to provide the latest and best technology training programs for students and the industry. Through this initiative, students will gain relevant skills and employability and the global IT industry will have access to a pool of trained manpower on emerging technologies including Open Source computing”.
Following the success of the joint initiative in the first year, Sun and NIIT will explore the possibility of expanding this partnership to offer Java and Solaris technology programs to students in China and other emerging markets.
NIIT and Sun also look forward to providing specialized, hi-end training programs on Solaris, Identity Management, Java CAPS aimed at Enterprises to evolve skills and make them ready for the next generation of technology innovations. NIIT would leverage its strengths in Instructional Design and Delivery capabilities to offer these hi-end programs. Both organizations are also looking at working together in developed markets through NIIT-ElementK enhanced capabilities to provide training solutions for enterprises.
Mr. Bhaskar Gandhavadi, Chief Learning Officer, Sun Microsystems India said, “The Sun-NIIT relationship has been extremely fruitful and the response from the education community has been very encouraging. While initially our focus was on the Sun Java platform, we felt that the time is ripe now to introduce Solaris 10 OS as it is emerging as the platform of choice. It has worldwide acceptance both in the developer and the education community alike”.
The success of the joint initiative is evident from 15,000 student enrolments in the Java programming course at over 200 education centres of NIIT, in the last 6 months.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision– "The Network Is The Computer"–has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at
About Sun Microsystems’ Authorized Sun Education Center Program
The Authorized Sun Education Center (ASEC) program enables Sun's Partners to deliver Educational Services Solutions to Sun customers, Sun Partners, and Developer community worldwide by facilitating the delivery of high quality Sun instruction, curriculum, products, and services along with the latest Sun knowledge technologies.
The Authorized Sun Education Center, academic initiative, provides selected institutions with the curriculum material and instructional expertise to teach the latest dot-com technologies. The ASEC program has been developed to ensure that the Sun customers have access to the highest quality education in locations that are convenient to their businesses and to facilitate a network of education providers that will enable optimisation of their technology investments through education and training services. Customers would gain access to the latest Sun technologies; the highest quality instruction and curriculum; the most flexible delivery of services; and will also provide the end user with an opportunity to receive quality Sun education, via qualified training alliances at local facilities.
Sun certification on one-hand enables employers to prepare to solve complicated IT problems using real world exercises that apply to their working environment. On the other hand it also provides an opportunity to individuals who invest on learning and certifying on these technologies a huge opportunity of employment at the same time. Sun believes that professionals who carry our certification credentials drive the backbone of the IT industry.
About NIIT Limited
NIIT, Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions in 30 countries. At nearly US$ 250 million size, 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 upgradation 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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