Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/160
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best ICT Enabled Skills Development Initiative of the Year
Project Name : Cisco Networking Academy
Details of Applicant
Name : Bina Raj-Debur
Address : Cessna Business Park, Varthur Hobli Sarjapur Marathalli Outer Ring Road Bangalore 560103
City : Bangalore
State : Karnataka
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 560103
Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : Cisco Systems India Private Limited
Address : Cessna Business Park, Varthur Hobli,Sarjapur Marathalli Outer Ring Road,Bangalore 560103
City : Bangalore
State : Karnataka
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 560103
Name of the head of Organisation : John Chambers
Website : www.cisco.com
Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
The Cisco Networking Academy (Netacad) is an e-learning model that delivers Web-based educational content, online testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, and instructor training and support. With a curriculum developed by education and networking experts, Netacad is offered at, technical colleges and universities around the world. It demonstrates a highly successful alliance among Cisco Systems, educators, governments, leading technology companies, and nonprofit organizations as it prepares graduates for the demands and opportunities of the New Economy. The Cisco Networking Academy is an education oriented, non-profit making, and globally recognized IT program. It serves to nurture IT professionals and contribute to the implementation of IT education in Asia Pacific region. The project-driven education program provides students in Asia Pacific with a unique, Internet-based curriculum combined with hands on experience that will help them develop practical computer networking knowledge and skills needed for the Internet age. Cisco Networking Academy is a global education program that teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. Networking Academy provides online courses, interactive tools, and hands-on learning activities to help individuals prepare for ICT and networking careers in virtually every type of industry.
Why was the project started :
Networking Academy started in 1997 as a small scale program to help schools get the most out of their networking equipment. Over time, the program grew to become Ciscos largest Corporate Social Responsibility Program with courses taught at more than 9000 academies in 165 countries. More than 900,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year.
Educate and train a pool of people in your institution in the highly employable IT skills on Internet networking skills. This will also benefit the corporations in your state that face a shortage of skilled IT personnel and thus obviate their need to recruit foreign talents. Networking Academy started in 1997 as a small scale program to help schools get the most out of their networking equipment. Over time, the program grew to become Ciscos largest Corporate Social Responsibility Program with courses taught at more than 9000 academies in 165 countries. More than 900,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year.
Target group :In India, the primary target group comprises college-level students with or without prior technical knowledge. The program also places special focus on women, underserved sections and people with special needs.
Geographical reach :Global. In South Asia, the program has a strong focus on India & SAARC countries. In India the program is offered across 24 States and Union Territories
Date from which the project became operational :1 January 2000
Is the Project still operational :YES
10 points that make the programme/project innovative?
- Unique mix of skill-based education, quality assurance, 21st century learning skills, gaming, entrepreneurial skills and a world-class delivery model.
- 21 century learning skills: Networking Academy delivers a comprehensive, 21st century learning experience to help students develop the foundational ICT skills needed to design, build, and manage networks, along with career skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students complete hands-on learning activities and network simulations to develop practical skills that will help them fill a growing need for networking professionals around the world.
- Global partnerships: Networking Academy aims to provide a consistently enriching learning experience by partnering with public and private institutions such as schools, universities, businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations to develop and deliver innovative ICT courses, improve the effectiveness and accessibility of the program, increase access to education and career opportunities, and help ensure that students and instructors have the resources they need to accomplish their goals.
- Delivery model: Networking Academy courses are delivered in multiple languages through an online learning system. Courses are supported by classroom instruction, hands-on learning activities, and online assessments that provide personalized feedback. Networking Academy instructors receive extensive training and support to help ensure a consistently-enriching learning experience for students around the world.
- Commitment to CSR: As Ciscoâ€™s largest corporate social responsibility program, Networking Academy aims to improve socioeconomic conditions in communities around the world by increasing access to education and career opportunities, supporting the development of an educated ICT workforce, and promoting the growth of the ICT industry.
- The Rajasthan Education Initiative (REI) seeks to improve social and economic conditions in Indiaâ€™s largest state by developing IT skills in this predominantly agrarian region. REI aims to accelerate IT education among girls, rural children, urban underprivileged children, and children with special needs by establishing Cisco Networking Academies in 32 government-operated District Computer Education Centres (DCEC) in Rajasthan.
- Studies worldwide show a gap between information and communication technology (ICT) jobs and qualified candidates to fill them. The Cisco Networking Academy is an innovative education initiative that addresses this gap by delivering IT skills training to students globally. By helping students prepare for IT careers and higher education in engineering, computer science, and related fields, Networking Academy helps students improve their career and economic opportunities and help develop their local economy.
- Â An e-learning model that delivers web-based educational content, online testing, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, and instructor training and support.
List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?
- Over 450 technical colleges and universities impacted across India and more than 60000 students exposed to Cisco Networking Academy Skills Based courses since the program inception in 2000. Currently, over 400 trained / qualified instructors conduct the courses to more than 23000 students across 210 active academies
- Awarded eRajasthan Award of Digital Learning 2009
- Director of Secondary Education, Government of Rajasthan, recognized the program and sent a note of appreciation on Networking Academyâ€™s engagement on Rajasthan Education Initiative
- Cisco Networking Academy and Dr. Reddys Foundation (DRF) partnered to implement the IT Essentials curriculum in three Livelihood Advancement Business Schools (LABS). The LABS initiative develops programs for economically disadvantaged youth aged 18-35 to help them achieve sustainable livelihoods in new economy sectors such as retail and customer relations. LABS is the flagship program of DRF, an Indian nonprofit learning organization that was established by Dr. Reddys, the countrys third-largest pharmaceutical company. Following a pilot initiated in 2006, the IT Essentials curriculum was implemented in three LABS, and there are plans to extend it across 11 LABS in 11 Indian states. Since 2006, more than 398 students from marginalized backgrounds have graduated from the program and 80 percent of them have been successfully employed by some of the leading companies in India.
- Cisco launched a partnership with UNESCO to develop the next generation of ICT teachers in several countries, including India. In support of the project, Cisco is establishing Networking Academies within teacher educational institutes to increase the ICT literacy of teachers and improve student-learning experiences. In India, three regional education institutes in Mysore, Bhopal, and Bhubaneswar participated in Next Gen.
List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative
- Broadband Connectivity issues with the academies and educational institutions, which was overcome with our efforts to engage with other vendors like QUALCOMM to provide Wireless Connectivity and few other service providers too
- Funds for the engagement with respect to the lab equipments, infrastructure, Faculty Trainings etc
- Integration of courses in to the regular curricula / syllabi
List the 5 points how can the prgramme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?
- Web based, e-Learning model can be replicated to conduct remote classes to reach out to rural masses, School drop outs, underprivileged, etc.
- The Cisco Networking Academy is an innovative education initiative that addresses this gap by delivering IT skills training to students globally. By helping students prepare for IT careers and higher education in engineering, computer science, and related fields, Networking Academy helps students improve their career and economic opportunities and help develop their local economy.
- E-learning is also a highly effective tool for reaching disadvantaged and under-served communities world wide to help address the digital divide concern.
List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative
- E-learning is comprised of content delivery in multiple formats, management of the learning experience, and a networked community of learners, content developers and experts. It delivers faster learning at reduced costs, increases access to learning, and provides greater opportunities and accountability for all participants in the learning process.
- The information economy will demand an unprecedented level of technology literacy from tomorrowâ€™s workers. Yet in many Asia-Pacific countries there is a severe shortage of trained networking specialists. While IT-focussed curricula are becoming more commonplace in developed countries, colleges and universities in developing countries are often not able to provide up-to-date IT curricula due to a lack of trained staff and equipment. Unless this changes, these countries run the risk of being left behind in the information age, widening the gap between rich and poor countries. Cisco believes that Internet & Education are the two greatest equalizers in life and this program attempts to bridge this gap through the Cisco Networking Academy Program
- The program is not limited to educational institutions, but also caters to Non Government, Non Commercial organizations, Government organizations, Businesses and also could be explored to be offered to the Prisoners to provide them with a second life after the step out into the social living