2nd National Cisco Skills Competition 2009
Cisco the worldwide leader in networking along with American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) today organized the 2nd National Cisco Skills Competition in Dhaka. The day-long competition saw participation from 47 teams comprising 141 students from across 12 Cisco networking academies in Bangladesh. The three winning teams will represent Bangladesh at the SAARC Skills Competition scheduled for September 2009. At the occasion, Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Cisco India & SAARC said, "After the success achieved at first National Cisco Skills Competition held last year, we are extremely delighted to see the overwhelming response from all academies this year. At Cisco, we are constantly working towards nurturing skilled professionals who can add value with their expertise and flawless technical experience in various roles in the IT industry. We believe that this will go a long way in helping to realize the government's vision of Digital Bangladesh."
1st National Cisco Skills Competition - SAARC region:
Hosted by the American International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on the 5th of July 2008, this was the first event of its kind in the region, with the objective to stimulate and enhance students’ skills in designing, maintaining, and troubleshooting computer networks. This competition provided an opportunity for the networking academy students and instructors to interact with each other and highlighted the crucial role being played by all the networking academies in Bangladesh in developing world-class computer network engineers: the future "architects of the Human Network".
MoU: JNT University, Andhra Pradesh
Cisco and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 to provide the Cisco Networking Academy Program in non-profit educational institutions across the state. As per agreement, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Colleges of Engineering in Hyderabad, Anantapur and Kakinada will be accredited as Regional Academies. These academies will further identify and accredit 60 non-profit educational institutions as Local Academies under them within a period of 3 years. The academies will impart networking education to around 25,000 students every year.
Rajasthan Education Initiative (REI)
Launched in November 2005, the initiative introduced the Networking Academy Program to 32 district computer education centers. Cisco will initially provide training to 100 teachers, who in turn will train 3200 students with fundamental IT skills through the project. The key demographic groups that the REI will focus on include: girl children, rural children, urban underprivileged children, children with special needs.