Due to the swift development of India's ICT industry, many career opportunities have opened for the citizens in the networking and ICT field. In response to this trend, Professor Prince Edward of VLB Janakiammal Polytechnic College in Coimbatore has begun offering the Cisco Networking Academy curricula. The courses offered have become very well-liked by students and a mounting number of ICT companies are on the hunt for opportunities to employ employees from the college.
Financial support for the Networking Academy program to assisst his school was seeked out by Edward. "I submitted a proposal to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) advisory board, stating the features of the Networking Academy program in detail before the government sanctioned a grant to set up a separate lab with routers and switches for Networking Academy students," he recalls.
Due to Edward's efforts, VLB Janakiammal became the first polytechnic college in Coimbatore to startt the Networking Academy program. The program has given students an opportunity to learn hands-on networking and ICT experience at the college. "Under my leadership, a team of 15 Networking Academy students set up the new Cisco lab and implemented the structured labeling schemes," states Edward. VLB also plans to add several Networking Academy lab exercises to curricula outside the program.
Edward believes the strength of the program can be seen from the number of employers seeking students fro his college. "Students here gain better practical knowledge and confidence in hardware and networking compared to other students," says Edward. "They're fit to start work as network engineers immediately after completing the program. As a result, employers don't need to spend time and money on further training for these students."
In winning the hearts of his students Edward gains his own satisfaction. Edwards aims to set himself as a professional instructor by looking out opportunities to expand his knowledge and constantly learning about new improvements in the networking industry.