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NIIT leads the way to address talent shortage in Infrastructure Management space

Partners with global technology majors to introduce specialized programs on IMS

New Delhi, May 29, 2009: Leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT Trainer, NIIT today announced a pioneering initiative to create a talent pool, aimed at meeting the industry’s growing need for certified professionals in the Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) space.
NIIT has brought together global technology giants Cisco, CompTIA, EMC, Microsoft, and Sun, to co-design an industry-aligned GNIIT (IMS) program that will provide students an application-based learning experience, mapped to global certifications. Short duration, specialization programs as well as B.Sc (ITIM) from Kuvempu University are part of the comprehensive offerings from NIIT.
This initiative aims at benefiting- individuals, by enabling an iron-clad career for them; organizations, by providing them with the assurance of NIIT training expertise and finally the IMS industry itself by making available ‘globally certified, first-day first-hour’ ready manpower for meeting industry needs.
According to Nasscom-McKinsey report, the IMS industry – that manages core IT systems, including hardware, software, connectivity and people – is all set to become the next frontier for growth. IMS is moving towards a remote delivery model experiencing an 80% CAGR, with services being provided from offshore locations. Given its established credentials, India is strongly-positioned to capture up to $15 billion, of the $28 billion global opportunity in Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) over the next four years. This, in turn, will fuel the demand for experienced workforce with highly specialised skill-sets.
Mr. Vijay Thadani, CEO NIIT Ltd. said “Infrastructure Management Services has opened exciting career opportunities for youth around the world and India, in particular, is poised to take a lead in Remote Infrastructure delivery.
It has been our constant endeavor to introduce industry relevant programs which benefit the students and the industry at large. NIIT will address the rising global talent shortage in this space through the GNIIT (IMS) program developed in association with our technology partners- Cisco, CompTIA, EMC, Microsoft, Sun along with Kuvempu University.” he further added.
Aligned to the GNIIT architecture, the GNIIT (IMS) program will be spread over four semesters in two years, after which students will undergo one year of Professional Practice. The students will further be offered credit points equivalent with Kuvempu University’s B.Sc(ITIM) program thus allowing them to pursue the GNIIT (IMS) program coupled with a Bachelors degree in ITIM (IT Infrastructure Management).
The curriculum combines the strengths of technology partners to develop specialized skills on domains like Networking, Storage Management, Server and Datacentre management, Desktop and Application Support and Emerging Specializations like Security and Virtualization. NIIT – with its expertise in education process management and proven instruction delivery model – will make the program available through its national network of education centres starting June, 2009.
Besides the flagship 3 year GNIIT (IMS) program for career aspirants who are still in college, NIIT will also address the skill building needs of working professionals and Engineering students in the IMS space. Catering to this segment, NIIT will offer 9-13 month long certification mapped programs on technologies like: Networking, Storage Management, Server Management, Desktop and Application Management.

Partner quotes:

“Globalisation will continue to transform India’s economy and will provide exciting career opportunities to young professionals who possess market-driven skills. The Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) arena holds tremendous potential for aspiring Indian IT professionals. Our Workforce Transformation Program with NIIT will significantly increase student access to Cisco's leading IT training and certification resources”

Milind Gurjar, Director Global Market Development. Learning @CISCO

“CompTIA’s leading industry certifications are a valuable credentials for students interested in a career in technology. We are pleased to be associated with NIIT as a Global Member to address the huge demand in the emerging domain of IT infrastructure management. The GNIIT (IMS) programme further strengthens our association to offer a holistic curriculum towards meeting industry needs.”

Mr Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO of CompTIA

 “The strategic alliance with NIIT will enable us to educate professionals on the advantages of taking up specialized programmes like IMS (Infrastructure Management Services). The unique GNIIT (IMS) programme focuses on concepts, principles, design, deployment and management of technologies rather than specific products and is aimed at producing industry-ready professionals. We are confident that this association with NIIT will help us bridge the skill gap in the industry.”
Mr. Alok Ohrie, President EMC India and SAARC
“The ever increasing demand for skilled professionals and domain specialization has led to innovation within the Academic space. Kuvempu University has always maintained a Global focus towards skills development. The continuing alliance with NIIT for the GNIIT (IMS)  programme  is an example of Industry-Academia collaboration and we aspire to meet Industry requirements  through such innovative programs.”
Prof Dr. B S Sherigara, Vice Chancellor, Kuvempu University
“The demand for IT Professionals in the industry, especially in the domain of Infrastructure Management Services, is growing and especially in light of the slowdown. Today businesses are looking for innovative solutions from IT practitioners to help meet their business needs of higher productivity and lower costs yet increased efficiencies. The set of innovative programs announced by NIIT today, integrated with Microsoft technology and certifications, should help generate skilled and certified professionals to meet the demand and accelerate the value add by IT professionals to their businesses.”
Mr Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
“Sun Microsystems India and NIIT have associated with a joint vision towards developing skills and certified manpower for the IT Industry globally. The GNIIT (IMS) program is a great platform for any IT career aspirant and would prepare students for specialized careers like Remote Infrastructure Management, Datacentre Management etc. through integration of Sun Technology and Certifications.”
Mr Anil Valluri, Vice, President & Managing Director India GEM, Sun Microsystems 
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, the ‘Top IT Training Company’ award successively for the past 15 years, since the inception of this category. Rated among India’s Business Superbrands 2008, NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT - GNIIT, Edgeineers and Global Net Plus for IT professionals.
NIIT 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 with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporates 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 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 KnowledgeHub™: hosted learning management platform. This makes NIIT the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide.
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