New Delhi: Two of India’s largest technologies training organizations, IIHT and NIIT, have become Cisco Certified Learning Solutions Partners. Announcing the development in a press release issued on 4 February, Cisco said the move is part of its initiative to establish partnerships and open testing facilities, aimed at expanding the country’s networking workforce six fold to 360,000 engineers in the next five years.
With this designation, both IIHT and NIIT join Global Knowledge and Training Partner Ltd., a business unit of Datacraft India, in offering the complete range of authorized Cisco training materials and certifications to students and professionals in more than 200 locations throughout the country.
According to a recent IDC report on global skills, India’s surging economic development will create a demand for 137,000 more networking professionals by 2009. As an integral part of the training-development initiative, Cisco announced
”Globalization will continue to transform India’s economy and will require its young workforce to develop skills that are market-driven,” Leo Scrivner, vice-president, human resources, Cisco Services & Globalisation Centre East, said in a release dated 4 February.
Cisco is also announcing a push toward increasing access to its examination facilities through its primary test-delivery partner, Pearson VUE. The company is adding 150 testing facilities that meet these new requirements across India by the end of the year.
Pearson VUE will also deploy several mobile testing centers to increase access to technology in rural and underserved areas. Pearson VUE recently announced that it is requiring its test centers to adopt increased security measures in order to safeguard the value of IT certifications.