Cisco targets sixfold increase in Indian networks specialists

Cisco has announced a series of country-specific initiatives aimed at expanding India's capacity to train, employ and retain highly qualified networking and systems engineers.

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Cisco has announced a series of country-specific initiatives aimed at expanding India's capacity to train, employ and retain highly qualified networking and systems engineers.

The initiatives are aimed at expanding India's capacity to train, employ and retain highly qualified networking and systems engineers. By establishing partnerships and opening testing facilities, Cisco aims to expand India's networking workforce capacity to 360,000 engineers in the next five years, a sixfold increase over present employment levels.

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 that two of India's largest technologies training organisations, IIHT and NIIT, have become Cisco Certified Learning Solutions Partners.

"Globalisation will continue to transform India's economy and will require its young workforce to develop skills that are market-driven," said Leo Scrivner, vice president of human resources for Cisco Services & Globalisation Centre East.

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