Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bits & bytes
Cisco shares updated curriculum

Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, conducted a day-long Retooling session at GB Pant Agriculture and Technology University, Pant Nagar, recently to discuss recent trends in networking technologies and updated curriculum for the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

More than 40 academicians from all affiliated local academies in north India were present to share their views on the curriculum and showed a high level of interest in understanding the emerging trends in networking technologies globally. The Cisco Networking Academy Program imparts updated knowledge of the principles, trends and practices of designing, building and maintaining communications networks that are the foundation of the global knowledge economy.

Cisco provides free web based curriculum, online course material of the Networking Academy Program and 24x7 technical support to 160 networking academies in India.

“Cisco believes that the Internet and education will be the two great equalisers of the next century, creating enormous opportunities for people and countries that succeed in harnessing the power of information and knowledge. Our endeavour has been to take IT and networking education to students in smaller towns/cities and provide them yet another avenue for technical and professional excellence. This is our effort towards bridging the current deficit of over 60,000 networking professionals in India,” said Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager- Corporate Responsibility, Cisco- South Asia.

Imparting professional skills in networking in India is of prime importance as a recent IDC report says India has a shortfall of over 60,000 skilled networking professionals in the current year. The gap is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 39%, the fastest in APAC (excluding Japan) region and will reach 137,200 professionals by 2009. This is significant, considering Indian enterprises are increasingly relying on their networking infrastructure to tap new growth opportunities. — TNS