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CII, NIIT join hands for ICT development in Africa

CII, NIIT join hands for ICT development in Africa
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First Published: Thu, Apr 03 2008. 01 09 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Apr 04 2008. 04 26 PM IST
New Delhi: CII and NIIT have entered into an agreement to help create Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and foster International Software Talent in the African continent.
As part of this capacity building and skill development endeavor, CII and NIIT will share high quality education resources from India and involve other appropriate players from the Indian industry to help Africa develop human capital for the global IT industry.
A cooperation agreement to this effect was signed between Shipra Tripathi, director & head-Africa, CII, and P. Rajendran, director & COO, NIIT on Wednesday late evening. A senior delegation comprising of business leaders, government officials and media representatives from African countries are currently in India for the ’First India Africa Summit’ dialogue that aims at strengthening bilateral relations.
As part of the agreement, NIIT will provide relevant IT curricula in line with international IT trends, and content for IT, soft skills and entrepreneurship for training in Universities and Colleges in Africa, while CII will facilitate internship with the Indian industry.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajendran said, ’’Our endeavor in this capacity building partnership is to scale up the offering of quality educational resources and methodology from NIIT, to foster talent in Africa for global IT industry.”
“We are confident that together with CII, we will be able to accelerate talent growth and push forward development of ICT in Africa, at a fast pace,’’ added he.
“CII believes that private sector will drive the IT revolution in Africa and effectively bridge the digital gap that presently exists. NIIT is a key partner in this endeavor. Our joint effort will be to address the immediate needs and the long term ambitions of the African countries,” said Shipra Tripathi, director & head-Africa, CII.
Both organizations will work together and explore modalities of embedding NIIT’s IT training programs in the curriculum of universities and colleges in Africa. They will also look at possibilities of establishing ’Centers of Excellence’ for Talent Development in different African countries.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 03 2008. 01 09 AM IST
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