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Cisco to Provide Training to 10 Lakh Indian Students in Digital Skills by 2025

Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far

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For Cisco, the Networking Academy programme in India is one of its largest in the world. Wikimedia Commons

In line with the government’s efforts to train the youth in emerging technologies, networking giant Cisco on Tuesday committed to train 10 lakh students by 2025 by expanding its Networking Academy programme.

For Cisco, the Networking Academy programme in India is one of its largest in the world. Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far.

The Cloud-delivered skills-development programme helps students learn how to design, build, secure and maintain digital infrastructure. The curriculum include courses on IT essentials, networking, cybersecurity, programming and Internet of Things. In 2016, Cisco had committed to train 250,000 students by 2020, which was achieved a year ahead of schedule, the company announced at the “Cisco India Summit” here.

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Across 583 academies nationwide, more than 350,000 Indian students have been trained since its inception so far. Pixabay

“The most impactful initiatives that the government has seen in the CSR (corporate social responsibility) space is when companies work to create capabilities in young people and nurture innovation. That I think is the strongest component of the Cisco CSR programme,” Union Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said in a video message streamed at the event. “I certainly believe that government will not only partner with companies like Cisco but also adopt the Cisco-like model,” she added.

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Through the programme, schools, colleges, universities, vocational institutions, government and non-profit organisations are provided a Cisco-developed curriculum that can be integrated with the institution’s own educational offerings. Cisco also supports government education institutes in providing training on networking and cybersecurity skills aimed at improving the employability of engineering graduates.

“Through strategic collaboration between governments, businesses, and NGO’s, we extend our experience in networking technology to elevate the standards of living and foster sustainable economic development,” said VC Gopalratnam, Senior Vice President-IT and Chief Information Officer-International, Cisco. (IANS)

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Cisco Ready with Sixth-Generation Wi-Fi for Faster Connectivity Compatible for Fifth-Generation Cellular Network

"We are ready with access points for Wi-Fi 6," Anand Patil, Director, Systems Engineering, Cisco India

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Besides higher data rates, Wi-Fi 6, which is expected to be rolled out later this year, also promises increased capacity, better control over how users access the network, improved performance in environments with many connected devices, and lesser battery consumption by devices. Pixabay

Networking giant Cisco on Tuesday said it is ready with sixth-generation Wi-Fi for faster connectivity compatible for the fifth-generation cellular network.

Besides higher data rates, Wi-Fi 6, which is expected to be rolled out later this year, also promises increased capacity, better control over how users access the network, improved performance in environments with many connected devices, and lesser battery consumption by devices.

“We are ready with access points for Wi-Fi 6,” Anand Patil, Director, Systems Engineering, Cisco India and Saarc, told reporters here, adding that Wi-Fi 6 is complementary to 5G network.

“We are betting big on 5G,” added Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director, Service Providers sales, Cisco India and Saarc. Cisco, he said, currently has 100 engagements around 5G going on globally, while 40 trials are in different stages of roll out.

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Networking giant Cisco on Tuesday said it is ready with sixth-generation Wi-Fi for faster connectivity compatible for the fifth-generation cellular network. Pixabay

“5G will have a critical role to play in making India a $5 trillion economy in the next five years,” Bhaskar said.

However, to tap the 5G opportunity, India needs to beef up the fiberiziation process, he added.

Besides 5G and Wi-Fi 6, Cisco is also focusing on intent-based networking, multicloud and security to drive business growth.

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When it comes to security, Cisco said it believes in an integrated approach in which every product has security integrated in it. (IANS)