Cisco Aims to Train 1 million Students in India on Digital Skills by 2025


In 2016, the Cisco had committed to training 250,000 students by 2020, which was achieved a year ahead of schedule.

Cisco on Tuesday announced the expansion of its Networking Academy programme to train one million students in India on digital skills by 2025.


Cisco Networking Academy in India is one of the largest programmes for Cisco worldwide. More than 350,000 Indian students from across 583 academies nationwide have been trained since the inception of this programme.

The skills-development programme is a cloud-delivered, scalable, high-quality programme that helps students learn how to design, build, secure and maintain digital infrastructure.

The Cisco-developed curriculum include courses on IT essentials, networking, cybersecurity, programming and Internet of Things (IoT).

In 2016, the Cisco had committed to training 250,000 students by 2020, which was achieved a year ahead of schedule.

“This commitment is aligned to Cisco’s goal of positively impacting 50 million people in India by 2025 and is aimed at creating a pool of highly-skilled technology professionals who will accelerate India’s digital transformation,” said VC Gopalratnam, SVP-IT and CIO-International, Cisco.

Other skill development initiatives

At Cisco India Summit (CIS) 2019, the company highlighted other skill development initiatives that were implemented this year.

  • In July, Cisco, Accenture and Quest Alliance signed a pack with the Directorate General of Training (DGT) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to bolster digital skill development and collaboration for India’s growing digital economy. The initiative targets up to 1.5 million students in Industrial Training Institutes (ITI’s) across the country via the Bharat Skills portal.
  • In July, NASSCOM-Cisco thingQbator completed its first year. Over 600 students from technical institutions such as Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITMK) – Trivandrum, IIT – BHU – Varanasi, Amrita University – Coimbatore, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women – Delhi, and Trident Academy of Technology – Bhubaneswar, gained first-hand experience in using high-end technology tools.