The Cisco Networking Academy Program exists in more than 9800 Academies located in high schools, technical schools, colleges, universities, international organizations, and community-based organizations around the world.
Launched in 1997, there are now over 10,000 networking academies in over 149 countries. Over 230,000 students are currently enrolled and over 117,000 graduated have gone through the program world-wide.
In 2002 Cisco Systems expanded the networking academy curriculum to include courses sponsored by IT industry leaders - Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems and Panduit.
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The Cisco Networking Academy Programme is based on a hierarchical support structure as shown in the graph. Cisco directly support the Cisco Academy Training Centres (CATC) who in turn support and train the Regional Academies. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Ettimadai Campus has been given the role of a Regional Academy in order to support the Local Academy at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus.
It is the role of the Regional Academy to train and support a number of Local Academies within their designated region. The Local Academies deliver the course curriculum directly to students.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri has teamed with CISCO Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, to become a Local CISCO Networking Academy. Upon successful completion of the course and a final examination, you become certified as a CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA). CCNA is an internationally recognized qualification that provides the students with the opportunity to enter employment in the computer networking field. It is also an excellent opportunity for people already employed in networking to become qualified.
The Network Academy programme represents a paradigm shift for education. Network Academy programme does realise these, while also recognising the importance of providing students with practical, useful and measurable skills. In fact, the programme not only assesses student skills, it also quantitatively assesses itself on a continual basis to ensure that curriculum use and development, student achievement and programme administration meeting or exceeding expectations.
The curriculum is web-based, with substantial online support features for both faculty and students. The content of the first semester is basic data communications theory. The content of the subsequent semesters is more Cisco specific. A major strength of the curriculum is the numerous hands-on labs that bring the theory to life through application. The CCNA programme was launched at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,Amritapuri in September 2004. Currently it has 4 batches from Amritapuri campus for the regular students with the class strength of 25 in each and one batch for the outside candidates.
Bri. Dhivvya attended Cisco Network Academy Training Program on CCNA 3 & 4 at Ettimadai, October 22-30, 2009.
Bri Praveena completed CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Associate) training (Level 1 and 2) under the instructor, Dr Hary Wang, Box Hill Institute, Australia in June 2009.
Vineetha received an award for First CCNP instructor in SAARC region on May 29, 2009.
Cisco Networking Academy at Amritapuri Campus has received one of the Best Academies Award for the year 2008 among more than 1200 academies across 26 countries in Asia Pacific region.