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IGNOU and NIIT Launch Executive MBA Program for Working Professionals
Finishing School Programs’ for Skill building and Enhancing Employability and ‘BSc (IT)’ for international markets, launched simultaneously
New Delhi, July 10, 2010: IGNOU- world’s largest Open University and NIIT- leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, today launched industry-linked Partnership Programs for enhancing employability of the youth. The Partnership Programs were unveiled by Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU and Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT. Also present on the occasion were Mr. Shashi Bhushan, Reader, SOCIS, IGNOU; Dr Neeta Kapai, Head, Campus Placement Cell, IGNOU and Mr. G. Raghavan, President-Global Individual Learning Business, NIIT.
Under this significant partnership IGNOU and NIIT will offer cutting edge Executive MBA Program and BSc (IT) for International Markets. Also on offer are a bouquet of Finishing School Programs in BPO training, IT skills and professional skills, designed to make students job ready for the emerging knowledge economy.
The Executive Management Program from IGNOU and NIIT is specially designed and customized for working professionals to equip them with contemporary business management skills and prepare them for career advancement opportunities.
Speaking on the launch of the Partnership Program Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, remarked, “I am pleased to launch the executive MBA Program for working professionals in India and BSc (IT) for International markets, in partnership with NIIT. This is in continuation to IGNOU- NIIT collaboration, wherein we had recently announced Finishing School Programs for enhancing employability.”
According to Employment Trends Survey 2010 by Ma Foi, the organized sector in India is set to create close to a million new jobs in the year 2010 -2011. Demand for job-ready, employable talent will come from varied sectors such as BFSI; IT & ITeS; Education, Training & Consultancy; Healthcare; Hospitality & Travel; Real Estate & Construction. In IT & ITeS sector alone, as per the latest industry figures announced by NASSCOM, an additional 1,50,000 jobs are expected to be created in FY 10-11. Soft skills have become imperative today, to enhance competitive edge in these fields. The Finishing school programs will assist students in developing necessary skill sets to avail this opportunity.
Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT said, “The executive MBA program will set a new precedent in providing inclusive management education for working professionals.”
Students’ opting for IGNOU-NIIT programs will get placement support from NIIT. IGNOU will approve admission, design curriculum, consolidate results and award degrees, while NIIT will design and develop the programs in consultation with IGNOU, market the programs and carry out the education delivery as well. The programs will be delivered at NIIT premises through qualified instructors.
IGNOU and NIIT entered into Global Partnership in Education earlier this year to collaborate in various domains like Information Technology, Management, both for its India and outside India operations.
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the apex body for open universities and distance education institutions in the country. It is envisaged to be an instrument for democratizing and augmenting opportunities for higher education, widening access and promoting a flexible and cost-effective system of imparting knowledge and skills. The University offers more than 300 programmes and has a network of more than 60 Regional Centers and around 3000 Study Centers to provide academic support to students. Besides national network coverage, some of the programmes are offered in 46 other overseas centers especially in Asia and Africa. Multi-Media learning through self-instructional illustrated print materials, audiocassettes, video programmes, phone-in radio counselling and teleconferencing from the package of delivery for distance education. IGNOU is the nodal point for Gyan Darshan – the educational TV channel, Gyan Vani FM Radio Stations and the EDUSAT, a dedicated satellite for education.
The university’s Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning (ACIIL) and the SOCIS have recently developed an (IGNOU) Open Course Guide, called IOCG, under the mentoring of Pro Vice Chancellor Prof K. R. Srivathsan. The IOCG is likely to herald a whole gamut of revving courseware systems and their pursuit in the knowledge society worldwide.
IGNOU, the people’s university, has already developed niche areas of IT and Management-related education for the masses. Today the university’s educational programmes reach over 10 million homes through the DTH and Edusat. The recent innovative moves such as mobile telephony, online admission to certification, on-demand examination and Walk-in admission have created new direction to democratise higher education and research. In the recent past a firm step has been taken forward to ensure quality research and documentation through digitization of contents and repositories. IGNOU has already pressed into services the IT research through its Research and Teaching Assistantship (RTA) scheme.

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 17 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 15,000 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.
Ushering in a new model in higher education is the not-for-profit NIIT University, established in 2009 with a vision of being the leading centre of innovation and learning in emerging areas of the Knowledge Society. Nestled in the foothills of Aravali, in Neemrana, Rajasthan, the picturesque 100 acres fully residential green campus has been developed as an institute of excellence based on the four core principles of providing industry linked, technology based, research driven, seamless education.
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