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NIIT launches India’s first Yuva Jyoti Centre in Karnal

To develop skills & enhance employability for the youth of Karnal and the adjoining region

Karnal, December 10, 2011: NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, today unveiled India’s first ‘NIIT Yuva Jyoti’ (NYJ) Centre in Karnal.Located at the Old Tehsil Complex, Karnal the centre was inaugurated by Mr. Vijay Thadani, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT. Also present on the occasion was Mr. Sanjay Bahl, President, Skill Building Solutions, NIIT.
‘NIIT Yuva Jyoti’ (NYJ) - joint venture of NIIT and NSDC (a PPP initiative of Govt. of India),will help youth chart ambitious careers by opting for programs that best suit their aptitude. In the initial phase NYJ centres will impart skills training across 9 service sectors – Retail, IT/ITeS, BFSI, Education & Training Services, Media & Entertainment, Healthcare, Telecom, Hospitality and the Informal sector. Built on a strong foundation of NIIT pedagogy, state-of-the-art industry endorsed curriculum will be used to transfer skills to students. Through this initiative,NYJ aims to develop skills & employability for thousands of youth across Karnal and the adjoining region.
The courses on offer will enhance employability skills of students by offering occupational, communication, and professional and life skills to make them industry ready. The students will also enjoy the benefits of certification and placement assistance. NIIT had organized a two-day mass counselling session earlier this month in Karnal to help youth identify their aptitude to accordingly offer them a suitable career plan. The counselling session was a huge success, with hundredsof youth attending it from Karnal and adjoining regions. It made them aware of the enormous opportunitiesavailable in the services sectors, the skill sets required in these sectors and the existing skill gaps.
Speaking at the launch of ‘NIIT Yuva Jyoti’ centre, Mr. Vijay Thadani,CEO, NIIT Limited said,“Karnal centre is the first amongst 1500 state-of-the-art centres that ‘NIIT Yuva Jyoti’ will launch across India, to build a pool of job-ready work-force for the service industry. NYJ Centres will enable us to reach out to a vast audience whose need for skill development has largely remained unaddressed, thus furthering our objective to develop talent and create a globally employable workforce.”
Mr. Sanjay Bahl, President, Skill Building Solutions, NIIT Limitedsaid, “Haryana is witnessing a tremendous growth rate of 9.7% led by its booming service sector. This presents a plethora of opportunities to youth having the required skillsets. Our recent mass counselling session in Karnalsaw widespread participation by hundreds of local residents. Representatives from diverse industries interacted and presented to the students a perspective on opportunities available across various sectors. NYJ counsellors helped them identify their talent to suggest a career plan and hence a program to acquire the requisite skills to enhance their employability.
The popular career plans ranging from 4-6 months, offer courses whichwill help youth enhance their employability through NYJ’s unique training methodology, course content and infrastructure.
The 1st NIIT Yuva Jyoti Centre at Karnal has been localized to suit the requirements of the industry sector being addressed. Students will have multiple entry and exit points for each course.  Once the basic skills in a particular sector have been mastered by the students, they will be able to further develop their potential by pursuing advanced courses and specializations.  
Earlier this year, NIIT entered into a significant public-private partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to enhance skills and employability for youth across India. Starting with Karnal, NYJ aims to setup over 1500 state-of-the-artNIIT Yuva Jyoti Centres, across 1000 cities. The aim is to provide industry and job specific training to around 70 lakh young Indians by 2022, thus helping create a pool of job-ready work-force for the service industry.
About NIIT

NIIT Limited, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s premier IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions across 40 countries. Leading IT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the ‘Top IT Training Company’ award successively for the past 19 years, since the inception of this category.
NIIT’s Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT – GNIIT and Edgeineers, and Global Net Plus for IT professionals. The company has introduced “India’s first cloud campus”, through its new-age GNIIT program. This offers students a higher mobility as they can access courseware using Netbooks and data cards that connect seamlessly to NIIT’s Cloud Campus network.
NIIT’s Corporate Learning Solutions offers Managed Training Services including integrated learning solutions (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 Yuva Jyoti, a joint venture between NIIT and NSDC, offers vocational skills training programs to enhance employability of youth across India.
NIIT Imperia - Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Learning Programs in association with leading Business schools in India, KPMG, Google India and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), using the synchronous learning platform.
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 Institute of Process Excellence Limited, a NIIT-GENPACT venture, addresses the increasing demand for skilled workers in the business and technology services industry by providing training programs in relevant areas.
NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 15,000 government and private schools. The futuristic NIIT NGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprises Interactive Classrooms, Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School (Education Resource Planning software).
NIIT has been ranked among the ‘Top 25 Best Employers in India- 2011’ by Aon Hewitt and ‘Top 25 India’s Best Companies to Work for’ by Great Places to Work Institute. The company has also been voted the second most trusted education brand in India by Brand Equity- Nielsen Survey 2011.

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Prateek Chatterjee, NIIT Ltd, Ph: (Cell)+91 9910201085, (Dir)+91 124 4293041
Reema Bardhan, NIIT Ltd, Ph:+91 9891267470
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