20th July 07

Vellore Institute of Technology Becomes 1st Academy in South Asia to offer Cisco Certified Network Professional curriculum

State-of-the-art computer lab inaugurated

Vellore, India, July 20, 2007 - Cisco® the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) today announced the introduction of Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum at the Institute. VIT is the first academy in the South Asia region to offer this highly specialized curriculum. The institute currently offers Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum to students.

A state of the art computer lab was inaugurated today at VIT by Ms Sandy Walsh, Regional Manager- Education Programs and Corporate Responsibility, Cisco-Asia Pacific in presence of Hon. Pro-Chancellors, Mr. G V Selvam and Mr. Sekar Vishwanathan. The lab will help students pursue the CCNA and CCNP courses. The academy facility is being extended to the M.Tech -IT students to enhance their knowledge on networking devices. The new lab meets the requirement of conducting CCNA, CCNP, and Security and Wireless courses.

The Cisco NetAcad program began offering CCNA curriculum to IT engineering students at Vellore Institute of Technology in 2002. More than 500 students have so far benefited from the NetAcad curriculum at the institute.

The Networking Academy program focuses on teaching students how to design, build and maintain computer networks. The program prepares students for the 21st-century workplace while serving as a valuable model for online learning. Worldwide, there are 12,000 Networking Academy institutions and more than 2 million students in over 160 countries. In India there are 160 Networking Academy institutions in 26 states and union territories, enrolling more than 7,400 students. Since the inception of the program in India in 2001, 4,000 students have graduated from these schools. Out of these, 51 academies are located in Tamil Nadu alone.

About Vellore Institute of Technology
Vellore Institute of Technology today profoundly known as VIT, comprises seven schools offering 17 undergraduate programmes and 28 post graduate programmes. It also offers research programmes leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. Of the 10, 000 students studying in the institute, nearly one fourth of them are women. Nearly 400 fulltime faculty members and about 600 administrative and supporting staff facilitates the students to become not only professional but also employable thereby contributing wealth to the nation. The international linkages established by the institute help the students to get global education and training locally. Vellore Institute of Technology has a state-of-the-art computing facility, which is one of the most complete and powerful networks in institutions of its kind. The campus wide network has 60 servers and 1308 clients, and is still growing. India Today magazine has rated VIT University as the No. 1 private engineering institution in the country.

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