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Monday, August 26, 2002

Microsoft@Anna University

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. and Anna University announced the establishment of a .NET Centre of Excellence at the School of Computer Science and Engineering in Chennai. This centre is the first of its kind at an academic institution in India and is an extension of MoU signed between the two entities earlier this year. The centre will cater to 240 affiliated colleges, equipping students with the latest tools, technologies and infrastructure to create and deploy XML Web services. In addition, Microsoft will support the university in development of its curriculum, software management, faculty development and student technology support programs.

Indiamarkets inks pact

Indiamarkets, one of the India’s B2B e-commerce enabler, signed an MoU with Goodex AG, Europe’s sourcing and auction service provider. Indiamarkets would now be able to offer international procurement services to its clients in India. Its international procurement services would help the Indian buyers to source suppliers from abroad and facilitate suppliers from India to look at international buyers.

Call centre tie-up

Port@l Net Services (PNS), a part of the UK-based Port@l Group, and Infowavz, a call centre company based in Mumbai, entered into a strategic partnership. As part of this agreement, PNS will outsource 400 contact centre seats from Infowavz to provide Global English Language Response Services to its international customers. As a part of this partnership, PNS will be investing approximately $ 2.5 million to ensure services are delivered using the latest communication infrastructure, while having a ‘people friendly’ work environment. The Infowavz centre in Mumbai currently has 500 seats and provides infrastructure facilities with dedicated point-to-point fibre-optic connectivity and significant redundancies in routers, switches, power and connectivity.


NIIT, an IT training institute, and the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Engineering, have forged a strategic partnership to set up a hi-tech computer education centre. To be located within the University of Indonesia’s campus, the centre would offer globally recognised, industry relevant IT education programs designed and developed by NIIT.

An agreement between the two partners was signed recently to finalise this relationship. The UI-NIIT alliance will offer, Futurz, a training program that incorporates e-commerce, Internet and mobile computing technologies. Professional IT learners would be trained on latest technologies from Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. The centre will also offer its IT literacy program to the uninitiated learners.

New course

Aptech Computer Education has launched its sales and marketing course focusing on the BPO industry. On this occasion, Pramod Khera, Managing Director, Aptech Training Limited, said, "With an annual growth rate of 15 to 20 per cent, business process outsourcing forms an integral part of the ITES industry. We plan to train 3,000 students in select cities and centres in the first phase for this new course." Already, 15 global companies such as GE, HSBC, Dell, HP, Ernst and Young, and British Airways have announced plans to open offshore BPOs or expand their existing facilities. Major Indian companies like Wipro are also investing in ITES.