Cisco to set up more networking academies

Updated: Jan 22 2002, 05:30am hrs
As part of its long-term commitment to India and in view of the growing potential for networking technologies in India, networking major Cisco Systems has proposed to set up academy centres all over India.

Speaking to The Financial Express here recently, Manoj Chugh, president, India and Saarc region, Cisco Systems (India), said that since e-security had essentially become more relevant and challenging aspect for the economy to grow, Cisco had decided to assist Indian companies by setting up network academy centres in all the states.

The company is considering India as one of the major centres to move forward and expand its network.

Towards this end, Cisco recently made a multi-million dollar investment in Bangalore to create a separate network logistics centre, which will help companies with Cisco’s expertise in this domain, he said.

The company will hold talks with colleges and educational institutions in the country to allow Cisco to train students in courses on networking technologies and its allied business prospects, to make India a stronger player in the e-security sphere, Mr Chugh said.

“We are committed to setting up at least one centre in every state, to enable colleges/institutions to approach us easily and take the necessary help in this regard,” he said.

“It is necessary for an organisation to embrace networking technologies to win in the Internet economy, apart from ensuring productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction. This has been felt widely in India and one can see that there is a growing demand for network implementation,” Mr Chugh said.

E-security, essentially has to approached holistically rather than on a peace-meal basis.

“It is high time that Indian companies started focusing on networking technology to take care of the security aspect, and we at Cisco are committed to this,” he maintained.