By Michelle Sturman
Cisco is providing a major push to develop skills in the Internet arena, resulting in huge a training programme in India to span five years and producing 100,000 networking professionals.
Cisco Systems will establish training academies in India to produce about 100,000 Internet professionals, in a move to combat an expected shortage of such personnel by 2005. During a two-day visit to India at the start of an Asian tour, Cisco chief executive officer John Chambers said the company will establish 34 regional networking academies and use India as a major base for software development. Chambers said a training drive in the United States had produced 100,000 qualified staff over five years. “I think this is a very reasonable number for India [as well],” he said. In addition to investing about US$8.6 million to help set up these academies, Cisco will spend about $2 million to set up a centre to develop related technology skills. In the last quarter of 2000, Lebanon’s University of Saint Joseph gained Cisco Networking Academy status, bringing the concept into the Middle East region.The University, like its counterparts in India. is a training hub for other education institutions in the country, assisting them to develop their own capabilities in teaching the basics on Information Technology.