ERNET India to offer networking courses

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NEW DELHI: ERNET India has announced that it would offer high-end training

courses in networking in collaboration with Cisco. While ERNET will offer the

infrastructure and host the training, Cisco will provide the training material

as well as the course instructors. These courses which will span for five days

will be held at the premises of the ERNET office headquarters at New Delhi. The

first batch is expected to commence on May 21, every month, depending on the

number of candidates registering for the course.


The course is limited only to 16 seats and will offer hands-on-experience in

maintaining networks. The number of seats for the course has been restricted

considering the limited resources available to provide the necessary experience

for the candidates, said ERNET director Dr Surendra Pal.

ERNET is a countrywide networking system that links more than 500 institutes

in the country including premier institutes like IITs, IISc, RECs. With a

combination of dedicated leased lines and satellites, the network's capacity

vary in the range of 2-8 Mbps.

These courses in network management comes in the wake of the MoU signed

between Minister of Information Technology, Pramod Mahajan and CEO and president

of Cisco Systems John Chambers, during the Minister’s recent visit to the US.

Under the agreement, both sides will undertake collaborative work in R&D and

training and set up a Center of Excellence that will test and showcase new

technology and products from Cisco.

Though the present fee of Rs 35,000, per head, can be perceived as being too

expensive, officials are counting on the reputation held by the two firms

involved and are hoping to get a positive response from candidates. The

government also hopes to gain some benefits from this venture, by creating a

group of experienced personnel whose services could then be sought to man

government networks.

With the government reluctant to allow private parties to man their networks

spreading across spread across the country, due to security reasons, a need has

arisen to create qualified professionals who would then be able to provide their

services to the government departments, said an ERNET official.