Cisco India is planning to positively impact 50 million beneficiaries in India by 2025 keeping in view the company’s global vision of impacting 1 billion lives worldwide by 2025 through digital solutions.
Cisco is setting up a network of “Cisco thingQbator” IoT makerspaces or innovation labs in Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITMK) Kerala, IIT-BHU Varanasi, Amrita University Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women – Delhi and Trident Academy of Technology Bhubaneswar with the objective of digital skills development and entrepreneurship enablement among student communities.
Cisco is also supporting N/Core, an incubator for social sector startups, to launch N/Core tech – an exclusive track focused on incubating early-stage non-profits that leverage digital technology to positively impact society and solve some of India’s most pressing social challenges.
As part of its efforts to accelerate India’s digital transformation, Cisco is scaling up its Cisco Networking Academy program to create a pool of highly-skilled technology professionals. Through this program schools, colleges, universities and other non-profit educational institutions are provided Cisco-developed curriculum in computer networking, security and IoT that can be integrated with the institution’s own educational offering.
Talent Outreach Program is a six-month program to provide high school students an early exposure to technical skills to better prepare them as global problem solvers. In its second year, 70 students from 12 schools have been enrolled for this program.
Cisco also launched the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Internet of Things (IoT) at R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru to give the next generation of students the digital skills and training necessary for jobs in the digital economy.
C. Gopalratnam, Trustee, Cisco Foundation & Senior Vice President, IT & CIO – International said, “In order to make the most of the plethora of opportunities that lie ahead of us, we will need to harness the power of technology to create an inclusive digital economy. With our philanthropic and CSR efforts, we are committed to positively impact 50 million beneficiaries in India the next seven years.”