8th Aug 05

Punjab National Bank Institute of Information Technology (PNBIIT) ties-up with Cisco to offer its networking education course

Becomes India's 1st enterprise/banking IT Institute to offer Cisco's courses

Lucknow, August 08, 2005 - Punjab National Bank Institute of Information Technology (PNBIIT), a premier institute, imparting training in the field of banking technology to banks and financial institutions and Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, today announced a tie-up to offer Cisco's networking education curriculum to students. With this, PNBIIT becomes India's first enterprise/banking IT institute to offer these courses. Cisco will provide the networking course curriculum and comprehensive training, assessment and technical support to PNBIIT.

PNBIIT will currently offer the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) curriculum to its own banking students/professionals and students/professionals from other bank as well. It will also offer the curriculum to college students and other IT professionals in Lucknow. In the next few months, PNBIIT will strengthen its Cisco networking curriculum offering further by introducing the specialised Cisco Security and Cisco Wireless courses.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Khetarpaul, Director - PNBIIT, said "Technology has brought about a paradigm shift in the way customer requirements are addressed in the Indian banking and financial services industry. Our vision is to develop a world-class institute to impart technical education and equip the industry to leverage the power of ICT and compete in the 21st century. In line with that vision, we have tied-up with Cisco to offer its networking curriculum that is recognized globally."

According to Mr. Ranajoy Punja, Senior VP-Marketing, India & SAARC, Cisco, "Networking is at the core of the IT revolution that is transforming the Indian banking and financial services sector. Institutions in the sector are increasingly deploying next generation networks and the latest technologies to enable world class customer services. The need is to train internal employees and other professionals in the sector to operate, manage and maintain these networks. Our tie-up with PNBIIT is a significant step in that direction."

PNBIIT is a premier institute of information technology, set up by the Punjab National Bank, to provide contemporary training in respect of usage of IT in developing operations and business of banking, finance and insurance. PNBIIT has alliances with academic and professional bodies in India and abroad, for infrastructural support in conducting its programmes, including study material, training aids, visiting faculty and joint academic pursuits.

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