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NIIT and IBM forge alliance to launch training programs in IBM Technologies

New Delhi, October 23, 2009: NIIT, the leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, and IBM have entered into a global alliance to offer cutting edge training programs in IBM technologies.

Through this strategic partnership, NIIT will offer training programs on IBM’s CEIS (Career Education in IBM Software) framework, customized for NIIT. Initially training will be offered on Curriculum from the Rational Brand that deals with software testing and quality assurance. The partnership will be extended in successive phases to other platforms of IBM like: Database Administration, E- Business System Administration, Enterprise Collaboration and Enterprise IT Management.

NIIT will offer these training programs across key markets in India. The courses will be offered as modular skill-building programs as well as specialized job-oriented diploma programs. These highly-specialized training courses will be offered across 100 NIIT centres within a year. In the next phase, these courses will also be offered in Asia- Pacific countries.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Mr. Vijay K. Thadani, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT, remarked “We are pleased to announce NIIT’s partnership with IBM today. This presents an opportunity to combine our 28 years of skill-building experience with IBM’s proven technologies, to create talent for the industry globally. Software testing and Quality Assurance is a critical segment of the software industry. Hence, we will start training people in IBM’s Rational suite and extend to other IBM Technologies. ”

Mr. Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/South Asia remarked, “We are delighted to join hands with NIIT - this partnership enables students and professionals in India to acquire skills around our world-class Rational suite - the leader in the application development and testing space. Our CEIS programs have seen great success in the market, and this partnership with NIIT will help us build the next generation of top-tier programming talent in India.”

Mr. G. Raghavan, President-Global Individual Learning Business, NIIT added “This is an industry aligned Training Program designed to meet the growing demand for qualified professionals in Software Testing and Quality Assurance Space. The program will prepare youth for challenging global careers in this sector.”

As per industry reports, the worldwide market for computer software and systems testing services is projected to reach USD 56 billion by 2013. India is emerging as a leader in the software testing market with more and more companies outsourcing their software testing services to India. The Indian testing service providers are fast moving up the value chain by providing high quality service, and at same time maintaining their price competitiveness.

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About NIIT

NIIT Limited, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions to over 5 million students across 40 countries.

Leading IT magazine Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT Limited, the ‘Top IT Training Company’ award successively for the past 15 years, since the inception of this category. Rated among India’s Business Super brands 2008, NIIT Limited’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT - GNIIT, Edgeineers and Globalnet+ for IT professionals.

NIIT Limited has provided computer-based learning to over 12,000 government and private schools. The futuristic NIIT eGuru range for schools is a holistic education package that comprises of Interactive Classrooms (an embedded Teaching Learning Material, that uses elements of interactivity, automation and web links library); Math lab (technology tools that enable school students to learn and explore mathematical concepts); IT Wizard (equips the students with core computer knowledge and IT skills); and Quick School (an Education Resource Planning solution for School Management).

For working professionals, NIIT Imperia, Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Management Education Programs in association with Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, IMT Ghaziabad and IIFT Delhi.

NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed by NIIT Limited with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporate in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance.

NIIT Uniqua,Centre for Process Excellence, addresses the increasing demand for skilled workers in the business and technology services industry by providing training programs in relevant areas. This is a part of NIIT Institute of Process Excellence, a NIIT-Genpact venture.

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.

NIIT Group delivers a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology and services through Element K offerings. These include: Vlab®: hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and Knowledge Hub™: hosted learning management platform. This makes NIIT the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.

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