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Microsoft and NIIT partner for developing IT talent pool, globally
New Delhi, February 20, 2008: Microsoft Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and NIIT, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation have agreed to deepen their ongoing alliance to make available a large pool of Microsoft Certified professionals, for global talent requirement. 
As per the agreement, Microsoft Learning will provide rights of its licensed educational content to NIIT, for assisting IT professionals, software developers, businesses, and others, to gain skills on Microsoft technologies and products. With the integration of Microsoft Authorized Curriculum into its flagship career program—GNIIT, NIIT will enable career aspirants and IT professionals to earn Microsoft Certification.
According to Chris Pirie, General Manager, Microsoft Learning, “Rapid technology advancements and dynamic customer needs are exploding the demand for Industry-ready IT professionals. In this environment Microsoft Learning is focussed on helping customers and partners realize their full potential by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills. By partnering with NIIT, we hope to be able to make our structured learning methods and material accessible to a wider audience, to help increase the pool of Microsoft trained and certified resources for the industry, globally.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vijay K Thadani, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT, said, “Our partnership with Microsoft and learning content for their upcoming technologies will enhance employability of students, and help the industry retain its competitive edge, globally.”
With the new training alliance, GNIIT program becomes the first IT career program in the country to offer Microsoft Authorised Learning content. Students will be skilled in the latest Developer and Database platforms comprising of technologies like Visual Studio, .NET and SQL Server which will enhance their employability and make them industry-ready. As part of this innovative program, GNIIT students will also be enabled to appear for relevant Microsoft Certification examinations.
NIIT is also developing training programs for the soon-to-be-launched Microsoft products including Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and leading technologies like Silverlight, which will be offered to students across key geographies, including India and China.
The new range of programs will be rolled out across 200 NIIT education centers in India. NIIT also plans to introduce the curriculum in 30 other countries, including China, in a phased manner.
NIIT has trained over 9,000 students using Microsoft’s learning content, successfully, in the first phase. The two companies are now targeting at training nearly 100,000 students in the next three years on leading Microsoft technologies.
Both companies also wish to broaden the engagement through a wider range of technology programs for career seekers, covering technologies relevant for Developers, IT Professionals as well as Information Workers. The recent alliance will help both companies penetrate deeper into emerging global markets and develop a pool of skilled trainers and professionals. 
As Microsoft’s Best Learning Solutions Partner in India, NIIT has been offering training programs on Microsoft’s latest technologies, as well as basic computer education at school level. NIIT is also training school children on Microsoft technologies, in Private and Government schools across the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura. The talent development company is Microsoft’s partner for ‘Project Shiksha’, as well, in India.
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation India Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in twelve cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, and Pune.
About NIIT
NIIT, Asia’s No. 1 trainer and leading Global Talent Development Corporation, offers learning and knowledge solutions to 5 million students across 32 countries.
Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT, the ‘Top IT Training Company’ Award 2007. Rated among India’s Superbrands (2003-05), NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include: Industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT: GNIIT, Integrated ANIIT for Engineers (IAE) and Advanced Technology Programs for IT professionals.
For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programmes in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore and Kolkata.
NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI),formed with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs to develop talent for the banking industry.
NIIT offers turnkey IT integration program for schools. NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 5000 government and private schools.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions, offers integrated learning solutions (including strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses.
Element K delivers learning solutions for customers and partners through a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology, and services. The offerings include: vLab®:hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and KnowledgeHub™: hosted learning management platform. 
NIIT together with Element K is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
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Shivanjali Singh, NIIT Limited, 85, Sector 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon 122 001
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