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Cisco and NIIT join hands to develop talent pool for Infrastructure Management space
New Delhi, February 1, 2008: Cisco, global leaders in Networking and Infrastructure Management, and NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation have agreed to develop and enhance the IT infrastructure management talent pool in the Asia Pacific region.
As part of the agreement, NIIT will offer training programs on Cisco’s latest tools and technologies in the Networking and Infrastructure Management space, across NIIT’s select IT education centres in the Asia Pacific region. NIIT will provide training on Cisco’s authorized curriculum and enable Cisco certification for students aspiring to build careers as networking professionals and system engineers.
The partnership is in line with Cisco’s aim to expand India’s networking workforce capacity to 360,000 engineers in the next five years, a six-fold increase over present employment levels. Element K, the US based learning solutions company, and an integral part of NIIT’s training network now, has been a Cisco Certified Learning Solutions Partner (CLSP) for North America.
According to Leo Scrivner, Vice President-HR, Cisco Services & Globalization Centre East, “Globalization will continue to transform India’s economy and will require its young workforce to develop skills that are market-driven.
“The launch of our talent development initiative in India underscores Cisco’s commitment to expand access to the IT training and certification resources that will support the country’s continued economic growth. With these initiatives in place, we are able to ensure that our customers and partners have the resources available to train and equip the thousands of motivated students in India with the knowledge and skills necessary to shape the country’s burgeoning information economy”, adds Scrivner.
“Significant talent shortage in the Infrastructure Management space has opened up multiple career options for aspiring students and professionals”, says G Raghavan, President-Individual Learning Solutions, NIIT. “Through Element K, we have been working closely with world leader, Cisco, in many areas including content development, content distribution, vlabs, besides performing other roles of a CLSP. The extension of our association with Cisco endorses our capability to conduct large scale high-end technology training programs in the APAC region”, adds Raghavan.
NIIT, as part of its GlobalNet+ portfolio provides students with real time unique experience of Infrastructure Management, Business Desktop Deployment, WAN, OS Deployment etc., and training, thus making them 'Industry Ready and Future Proof'. Training programs on Cisco technologies will enhance NIIT’s offerings for the Infrastructure Management space and offer opportunities to students and professionals to gain Cisco certification. 
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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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Cisco: Varghese M Thomas # +91 80 5159-3226;
NIIT: Shivanjali Singh # +91 9811991107;