NIIT signs MoU with Wuxi Provincial Govt, China

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Mumbai, Feb 19: NIIT has entered into an agreement with Wuxi Provincial Government of China to set up IT training centers and offer training programs at Wuxi. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed in the presence of Wuxi (China) Party General Secretary Yang Weize and NIIT President Individual Learning Solutions G Raghavan at ''Wuxi-Bangalore Business Seminar on Service Co-operation'' today.

As part of the agreement, NIIT will work closely with the Wuxi Provincial Government to develop human capital for the emerging IT industry in the region, a release issued by NIIT said. A senior delegation comprising business leaders and government officials from Wuxi, Peoples Republic of China are visiting the country to develop bilateral relations with Indian counterparts.

Through these alliances, NIIT will set up IT training centres and offer its industry recognised training programs, while the Wuxi Government will provide necessary support for enabling preferential policies at national, provincial and municipal levels.

The IT training market in China is expected to grow at 24 per cent CAGR, in the next two years and looking at China's goals in the IT outsourcing industry alone, there is need to create about five million software engineers by 2015.

For nearly a decade now, NIIT has been involved in creation of skilled IT manpower pool for the upcoming Chinese IT services industry. NIIT has partnerships with 129 universities and colleges in China, where it offers its industry acclaimed IT trainee programs through the ''NIIT Inside'' model.

During the seminar, the Wuxi Municipal Government also announced the appointment of NIIT's G Raghavan as Chief Consultant for Wuxi City. In this prestigious role, Mr Raghavan will work closely with the local government to help them identify and build the requisite IT infrastructure that will foster talent pool in the province.

Mr Raghavan said, ''Our tie-up with Wuxi Government is a significant enhancement of NIIT's decade long commitment to develop IT talent in the fast growing Chinese market.''

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