Prakash Menon,

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Pres­i­dent, Global Re­tail Busi­ness, NIIT Ltd

NIIT, a global leader in skills and ta­lent de­vel­op­ment to­day an­nounced the 18th Na­tional Schol­ar­ship in Nige­ria, to re­ward mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dents de­sirous of build­ing suc­cess­ful ca­reers in to­day's knowl­edge econ­omy. This is NIIT's ini­tia­tive to en­hance em­ploy­a­bil­ity of com­mend­able stu­dents to meet the in­dus­try needs of the coun­try. NIIT will now of­fer schol­ar­ships for cut­tingedge pro­grams like digiNxt MMS, Big Data, Java En­ter­prises Apps with DevOps, Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing, Or­a­cle, CISCO, An­droid and other pro­grams. These pro­grams have been in­tro­duced by NIIT with a pro­found un­der­stand­ing of the chang­ing work­force re­quire­ment of the Global and Nige­rian IT in­dus­try. More than 100,000 stu­dents have ben­e­fit­ted from the schol­ar­ship so far. Nige­ria is over­com­ing re­ces­sion with a re­newed hope and this is an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to con­trib­ute to the growth of the coun­try. NIIT will help en­able this through its global ca­reer pro­grams. This year the an­nual schol­ar­ship test will be held on Satur­day, 15th July 2017, across the coun­try. For more in­for­ma­tion, stu­dents can visit www.niit.com/ nige­ria. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Mr. Prakash Menon, Pres­i­dent, Global Re­tail Busi­ness, NIIT Ltd, said, "NIIT has al­ways be­lieved in mak­ing cut­tingedge pro­fes­sional cour­ses avail­able to mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dents across the globe. This schol­ar­ship is yet an­other ef­fort that rec­og­nizes and en­cour­ages stu­dents' in Nige­ria to pur­sue a ca­reer in IT and IT re­lated do­mains." "Nige­ria is on the path of sus­tain­able growth, thereby also pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity of growth to the stu­dents of the coun­try. To en­able this, we will of­fer schol­ar­ships for rev­o­lu­tion­ary pro­grams in digiNxt MMS, Big Data, Java En­ter­prises Apps with Dev-ops, Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing, Or­a­cle, CISCO and more to cre­ate a ta­lent pool armed with fu­tur­is­tic skill-sets that will help drive the Nige­rian IT in­dus­try." To­day, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy has changed the way peo­ple work and the next ten years will be about trans­form­ing the busi­nesses across all

in­dus­try sec­tors to em­brace the dig­i­tal era. Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try ex­perts, dig­i­tally trans­formed or­ga­ni­za­tions are 26% more prof­itable than their in­dus­try com­peti­tors. Global spend­ing on dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies is ex­pected to cross $2.1 Bil­lion by 2019. By 2018, 35% of IT re­sources will be spent to sup­port the cre­ation of new dig­i­tal rev­enue streams, and by 2020 al­most 50% of IT bud­gets will be tied to dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives. Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sources, IT in­dus­try in Nige­ria is es­ti­mated to be among the fastest grow­ing IT in­dus­tries in the world. NIIT con­ducts the IT Schol­ar­ship exam ev­ery year to help iden­tify mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dents to join this in­dus­try and be a part of the global skilled IT Ta­lent pool. Over the last 17 years, NIIT Schol­ar­ships have be­come one of the most awaited events in the an­nual events cal­en­dar of the coun­try. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Mr. San­jay Tickoo, Head of Busi­ness Op­er­a­tions, In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Busi­ness – Emerg­ing Mar­kets, NIIT Ltd said, "The schol­ar­ship is an in­te­gral part of NIIT's com­mit­ment to en­cour­age mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dents of the coun­try to build a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in IT. Over the last 18 years NIIT has cre­ated a pool of job-ready pro­fes­sion­als, for the fast-grow­ing IT in­dus­try in Nige­ria. We are now pleased to in­tro­duce new age cour­ses to of­fer mul­ti­ple ca­reer op­tions to the stu­dents in to­day's dig­i­tal econ­omy." With an aim to cre­ate em­pow­ered work­force for the Nige­rian IT in­dus­try, NIIT of­fers var­i­ous other pro­grams to the stu­dents in Nige­ria. The rev­o­lu­tion­ary Mas­ter­mind se­ries com­prises of Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing and In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment cour­ses. While the Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing course will ex­pose the stu­dent to tech­nolo­gies like Of­fice 2013, Java 7, Vis­ual Stu­dio 2012, SQL Server 2012, ASP. net, MVC 4.5, HTML 5, JQuery, Java Script, the In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment course will en­able stu­dents to learn Of­fice 2013, Win­dows Server 2012, Mi­crosoft SQL Server 2012 and Mi­crosoft Share Point 2013.

NIIT in Nige­ria

NIIT, a global leader in skills & ta­lent de­vel­op­ment, es­tab­lished its pres­ence in Nige­ria by set­ting up an ed­u­ca­tion centre in Ikeja, La­gos in 1999 and since then af­firmed its sup­port to pre­pare the youth in the coun­try for lu­cra­tive IT ca­reers. The schol­ar­ship has reached out to nearly 1.8 mil­lion stu­dents in the past 18 years. Since 1999 NIIT has been in­volved in cre­ation of skilled ICT work­force and has launched sev­eral ini­tia­tives in the coun­try. NIIT is ac­knowl­edged as the undis­puted leader in the coun­try's IT train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion seg­ment, of­fer­ing the lat­est IT pro­grams mapped to the in­dus­try re­quire­ment and in­ter­na­tional ven­dor cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. In Nige­ria, NIIT pro­vides IT ed­u­ca­tion to in­di­vid­u­als; of­fers cus­tom­ized train­ing so­lu­tions for cor­po­rate; and caters to the IT learn­ing needs of Univer­sity & School stu­dents.

Prakash Menon, Pres­i­dent, Global Re­tail Busi­ness, NIIT Ltd

San­jay Tickoo Head, In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Busi­ness (Emerg­ing Mar­ket), NIIT Ltd.

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