20th July 07

Cisco celebrates the completion of 10 successful years of Cisco Networking Academy Program

The launch of the new curriculum for Indian students marks Cisco’s educational commitment in India

Chennai, India - July 20, 2007 - Cisco® today announced the launch of a new specialized curriculum in India under Cisco Networking Academy® (NetAcad) Program. The next generation of Cisco CCNA® (Cisco Certified Network Associate) curriculum was announced to mark Cisco NetAcad’s 10th anniversary. The new CCNA curriculum is designed to address the needs of changing marketplace and bridge the growing networking skills gap in India. Cisco also laid out plans to localize both the curricula and certification exams.

As per the recent IDC report, India will have a shortfall of over 86,300 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.

Speaking at the occasion, Ms Sandy Walsh, Regional Manager- Education Programs and Corporate Responsibility, Cisco-Asia Pacific said, “Today, we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of launching the Cisco Networking Academy Program worldwide. We are dedicated to leading worldwide development of the right technical expertise particularly in fast developing countries such as India. The introduction of the new curricula, underscores our commitment to accelerate the learning curve for technical talent in India.”

Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager- Corporate Responsibility, Cisco-South Asia added, “Cisco is making significant investments in its education and certification programs to equip more students for successful careers in networking. The new curriculum initially plans to train and qualify 1000 Indian students to use state of the art communication solutions and equip them with the skills and abilities to actively address the fast growing networking skill gaps in India.”

The CCNA curriculum includes CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration. The new curriculum has been created basis the inputs from administrators, instructors and students. CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration target different student segments based on academic experience and goals. CCNA Discovery maps the environment that students encounter everyday and develops applied skills. CCNA Exploration goes into greater technical depth and incorporates engineering concepts and terminology. CCNA will be available in local languages such as Hindi in the near future.

CCNA Discovery provides a hands-on approach to learning networking skills. It uses easy-to-follow labs to help students learn the general theory needed to build networks. CCNA Discovery allows for quick application of learned concepts to encourage students to consider additional education in IT and helps prepare students for entry-level IT careers by teaching applied skills midway through the four-course series. CCNA Discovery was designed to be delivered as an independent curriculum or possibly integrated into a broader course of study at upper-secondary institutions, career and technical schools, and colleges. It is designed for students with basic PC usage skills.

CCNA Exploration offers in-depth theory, challenging labs, and detailed lessons about protocol operation. It prepares students to be successful IT professionals in small-to-medium businesses as well as enterprise and service-provider environments. CCNA Exploration was designed to be part of an integrated curriculum or continuing education program at post-secondary institutions such as career and technical schools, colleges, and universities. CCNA Exploration is for students with advanced problem solving and analytical skills, such as students who are pursuing degrees in engineering, math, or science.

On the same day, Cisco also announced the introduction of Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) at Vellore making it the first academy in South Asia to offer the CCNP curriculum. A state-of-the-art lab was inaugurated by Sandy Walsh and Mr. G.V.Selvam and Mr. Sekar Viswanathan, Hon Pro Chancellors, VIT.

Cisco is a global pioneer in the field of networking education through the Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) Program. First launched in 1997, the Cisco NetAcad is a global success with more than 11,000 academies across 160 countries worldwide. India has 160 Cisco Networking Academies across 26 States and Union Territories.

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