By Mark Sutton
Cisco appoints new training partners and expands investment to build Indian IT skills base
Cisco has announced plans to train 300,000 network engineers in India in the next five years. The company plans to introduce new training partners and test centres for Cisco qualifications, to take the number of network professionals in the country from 60,000 to 360,000.
According to IDC figures, India will need an extra 137,000 network engineers by 2009.
Under the new initiative technology training organizations IIHT and NIIT will become Cisco Certified Learning Solutions Partners. Cisco already has an existing CLSP in the country, but the new appointments, two of the largest technology training organizations in India, will create a total of more than 200 Cisco learning centres.
Cisco will also work with its main testing and examination partner in India, Pearson VUE, to expand the number of testing locations in the country to 150. The initiative will also include mobile testing stations, to target rural areas.
Leo Scrivner, vice president of human resources for Cisco Services & Globalisation Centre East said: "Globalization will continue to transform India's economy and will require its young workforce to develop skills that are market-driven. The launch of our talent-development initiative in India underscores Cisco's commitment to expand access to the IT training and certification resources that will support the country's continued economic growth. With these initiatives in place, we are able to ensure that our customers and partners have the resources available to train and equip the thousands of motivated students in India with the knowledge and skills necessary to shape the country's burgeoning information economy."For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.