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02 August 2009
Financial Express: Cisco Nurtures IT Networking Talent in Bangladesh
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."

18 July 2009 Cisco Focuses on Proliferation of ICT Educational Initiatives Across Orissa
Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, today highlighted the progress made by the Cisco Networking Academy initiative in Orissa since its inception in 2001. In the past eight years, Cisco has tied up with nine institutions in Orissa including leading institutes such as Jaganath Institute for Technology & Management (part of the Centurion Group of Institutes), Paralakhemundi; National Institute of Science & Technology, Brahmapur and Orissa Computer Application Centre, Bhubaneswar to provide world class training on advanced networking technologies. Commenting on Cisco's initiatives, Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Cisco - South Asia said, "Cisco believes that ICT plays a vital role in the development of any society. As a catalyst for this development, it is imperative to develop a local talent pool of knowledge professionals in Orissa. In the past few years, our efforts have been focused on penetrating into various districts of the state to ensure that our curriculum is available to students in districts outside Bhubaneswar. The new academies in Sambalpur and Cuttack reflect the success achieved in this direction."

25 May 2009
Express Computer: The Training Focus
After a stupendous show in the past one decade, the show stopper for the IT industry has arrived-badly hit by financial slowdown in India, worse, recession around the world. Melting resources and the grim economic scenario is forcing companies to slash budgets yet maintain the quality standards and the quantity of output. It has become a case of doing more with less; or even doing double in half. Even as cost crunch is staring companies at their face, the resonating voice is that resources should be optimally utilized and not compromised upon. Technological progression, the demanding industry, and the global level playing field, demands that training is one key area that has to function perennial. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Cisco South Asia, said, "Though IT was the shining star till some time back, it has lost some of its sheen. IT networking has emerged as a promising career opportunity. This is owing to the fact that in today's global world, 'the network' has become a platform to integrate all forms of technology and communication systems. A networking professional is engaged in designing, installing, configuring and troubleshooting networks and network devices."

22 SEP 2008
DNA: Cisco education day in Jaipur
Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, today highlighted the progress and success achieved by the Cisco Regional Academy in Jaipur which was established in 2007 in partnership with the Centre for Electronic Governance (CEG). The announcement was made on the sidelines of ‘Cisco Education Day’ in Jaipur, in the presence of Mr. Ravi Mathur, Principal Secretary - Technical and Higher Education, Govt of Rajasthan , Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Deputy Secretary - Technical and Higher Education, Govt. of Rajasthan and Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager - Corporate Responsibility, Cisco South Asia.

28 JUL 2008
The Hindu: Every industry needs you
A career in networking is not entirely about monitoring a system or being a system administrator. It is a common misconception that it entails the more tedious part of a software job, and involves very little on the innovation front. Yet, the ongoing Information and Communication Technology revolution in India is already changing all of that.

With the dynamics of this industry constantly changing, experts say that networking, which connects several disciplines, is one of the hottest growth areas in this field. In a recent interview with The Hindu, Milind Gurjar, director, learning @Cisco, said that he believes that the top three skill-sets needs in India are in security, wireless networking and network designing. Though there are several courses, those by Cisco have been very popular. Cisco Networking Academy provides online courses, interactive tools and lab activities to help individuals develop the skills needed to fill ICT positions in virtually every type of industry, says Jagan Jothivel, area academy manager for India and SAARC countries.

21 JUL 2008
Express Computer: Going the rural way
It is said that there are two drastically different segments of population residing in India-one comprising the urban, elite, working-class of people, and the other, the rural masses, who constitute the majority. It is also said that the true judge of globalization and economic development is when it makes an impact on people at the grassroot level. With the dearth of the IT talent pool growing by the day and the shortfall rising to an alarming rate, companies are now looking beyond the metros to tap the requisite talent and bridge the rural-urban divide. Lokesh Mehra, Regional Manager Corporate Responsibility, Cisco South Asia, stated, "Majority of the students in rural areas go by hearsay and trends and are not aware of the opportunities in the networking industry or sector. Software is still a buzz while other sectors like networking and animation which are growing faster are ignored. As information slowly percolates to the rural areas, people would realize the benefits of aligning with these growing fields as well as the lower hierarchy chains required to get promoted in such industries."

21 JUL 2008
Express Computer: Assam University’s campus area network
Assam University came into existence in 1994 to provide higher education to students, delivered through a multidisciplinary approach. The university has nine schools, covering major disciplines like social sciences, technology, management studies, amongst others, with 24 departments under it. In addition, the university has five districts under its jurisdiction with as many as 51 undergraduate colleges. Amit Malik, Vice-president, East, Cisco India and SAARC, said, "Our vision for Assam University is to enable them to create value for their academic community and offer high-quality education in the region. A network that is always available, stable, and secure allows teachers and students to use the network to enhance their knowledge and share information that creates ‘knowledge societies’. It also motivates students to explore and collaborate a wide universe of subjects and topics that are available online."

01 JUN 2008
Assam Tribune: Assam University opts for CISCO, HCL connectivity
The Assam University has chosen Cisco and HCL Comnet to offer uninterrupted computer connectivity to its academic community. The decision was taken by the technical committee of the University, which comprise senior scientists of the university, solution vendors and other experts who prepared a roadmap or a consulting bill of material. "Since there was no existing infrastructure, the Assam University and the technical committee visualised a campus wide network that would enable the students and the faculty to access the Internet and the internet-based resources," a press release stated.

MAY 2008 Inclusivity: Workforce should mirror firm's market
Lokesh Mehra, Regional manager, Corporate Responsibility, Cisco South Asia
"A diverse yet inclusive corporate culture, where employees understand and embrace multiple cultures and perspectives in an environment, and where each individual achieves their best work inclusive of their differences, is becoming a business imperative in a globalised world. Global companies need to build global workforces to mirror their markets and the customers. And to attract and inspire the best talent, companies need to nurture an inclusive workplace, which does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, culture, religion, class, interests, outlook or physical abilities. Diversity education can help achieve inclusiveness by enhancing employee awareness, educating them on the need for diversity and equipping them with skills necessary to engage all employees, celebrate and leverage diversity. Another way is the establishment of informal employee networks to promote personal and professional development for employees, provide mentoring, counseling, etc..Education is the greatest leveler when it comes to bridging the urban-rural divide in a country like India. Collaborative talent development initiatives between the industry, academia and the government to bridge the skills gap and improve employability are the need of the hour. For instance, the Cisco Networking Academy initiative in India spread to over 170 Cisco Academies across 24 States and Union Territories seeks to enhance the employability of graduates in urban and rural areas in the networking industry."

The Hindu: Come, join the network
According to a recent study, India is likely to have a shortfall of over 1.37 lakh skilled IT networking professionals this year. The gap is estimated to grow at a rate of 39 per cent, the fastest in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan. The shortfall will reach 1.80 lakh by 2009. It is significant considering the fact that Indian companies are increasingly relying on their networking infrastructure to tap the new growth opportunities, a result of the improving economic conditions. This gap brings about the need to take steps to improve IT education in the country. CISCO, to bridge the gap, has launched a specialised curriculum called CISCO Networking Academy (NetAcade) programme. "The programme helps CISCO address the problems of shortfall in a holistic manner. The programme is delivered online, through multimedia and a whole range of other tools along with regular classroom teaching. We stress on lab work and hands-on training," said Sandy Walsh, Regional Manager-Education Programme and Social Responsibility, Asia Pacific, Cisco. The gap in India is particularly acute because the numbers are large. As infrastructure develops, the gap is also increasing. This is unique to India. "NetAcad helps educational institutions stay at the lead by keeping the curriculum current and relevant. In this field, the content changes quickly. We are trying to build a pipeline for students interested in technology and get them to understand the importance of networking so as to feed into further education and jobs."

28 MAR 2008
DRF: Excellence Endorsed
At the Cisco SAARC Academy Meet held at Bangalore, DRF was awarded a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ as the ‘Best Local Academy for the Year 2007 Across the SAARC Region’.

MAR 2008 Kolkata's prestigious presidency college deploys Cisco networking technology to enhance its high educational standards
One of the leading educational institutions in India, Presidency College boasts of a long and illustrious history. Presidency College was established as Hindu College in 1817, in Calcutta, the capital of British India. It was renamed Presidency College and placed under the aegis of the University of Calcutta in 1855. Recently Presidency College has been accredited as the A+ rated college in India by NAAC. Further, the College was ranked the number one liberal arts college by India Today in their 2006 survey.

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Press Releases

24 June 2008
Cisco Boosts Worldwide Talent Development to Meet Increasing Demand for Networking Skills
Underscoring its commitment to accelerate the development of technical talent across the globe, Cisco® today unveiled the Cisco Learning Network. Designed for both the seasoned professional as well as individuals considering a career in IT, the Cisco Learning Network is a collaborative Web 2.0 site that enables the creation of a global networking professional community that shares, discusses and exchanges ideas in a dedicated online environment.

19 SEP 2007
Aalim Muhammed Salegh College of Engineering ties-up with Cisco to introduce Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad)
Cisco®, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet and Aalim Muhammed Salegh College of Engineering, today announced a tie-up to introduce the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum for students under the Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad). The curriculum will impart knowledge of the principles and practices of designing, building and maintaining communication networks that are the foundations of any communication technology. The college will impart networking curriculum to 100 students every year in 3 batches.

23 JUL 2007
National Institute of Open Schooling and Cisco Collaborate on Network Academy Program
Cisco® today announced that it is collaborating with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to begin the Cisco Networking Academy Program in 10 accredited vocational institutes across the country, including one in northeast India. Each of these institutes, called a Cisco Local Academy, will provide PC hardware and networking information technology (IT) essentials to around 100 students each year.

20 JUL 2007
Vellore Institute of Technology Becomes 1st Academy in South Asia to offer Cisco Certified Network Professional curriculum
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.

20 JUL 2007
Cisco celebrates the completion of 10 successful years of Cisco Networking Academy Program
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.

17 MAY 2007
Cisco To Create Virtual Classrooms At Bapatla Engineering College (Andhra Pradesh) With Digital Media System
Bapatla Engineering College, situated in Bapatla, Guntur District, AP, today announced that it will deploy Cisco Digital Media System to extend the classroom environment and create anywhere, anytime learning experiences. Founded in 1981 and affiliated to the Nagarjuna University, the college is the first educational institute in India to adopt this solution.

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