Global telecom experts help students 'Bridge the Gap' in Telecommunication and Information Technology

Nokia Siemens Networks forms partnerships with three educational institutions in India

(PresseBox) (New Delhi, ) Under its "Uniting communities" program of corporate social responsibility, Nokia Siemens Networks has entered into partnerships with three educational institutions in India to foster communications and information technology skills and opportunities for students. Under its 'Bridge the Gap' program, the company will work with Swechha (a non-governmental organization), to roll out networking training, and provide apprenticeship opportunities to students in six New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) Schools. In addition, the company has entered into agreements with the Amity institute of Telecom Technology & Management (AITTM), a part of Amity University, Noida and Institute of Technology & Management (ITM), Gurgaon under which it will provide scholarship opportunities to fourteen deserving students.

Mamta Agarwal, Director Education, NDMC said, "This kind of public private partnership can make a big difference to providing quality education to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The kind of support provided by Nokia Siemens Networks - which includes theoretical knowledge and practical hands on experience - is just the exposure children here need to get prepared for the opportunities that await them in the coming years."

"Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to adopting a realistic and sustainable approach to corporate social responsibility. Our programs leverage our expertise in technologies, and reflect our core business. Our aim is to go beyond donations or one-time events, and foster a culture of employee volunteering and thereby to improve education opportunities, and strengthen the talent pipeline in India," said Michael Kuehner, Head, Nokia Siemens Networks, sub-region India.

Bridge the Gap
The program leverages Nokia Siemens Networks' expertise in technology training and is implemented at two levels: Nokia Siemens Networks will provide six NDMC schools with access to networking facilities, allowing the schools to participate in the benefits of the information society. The program is a pioneering concept in teaching environmental education, citizenship values as well as apprenticeship skills and technology inputs to students who are otherwise kept away from such experiences.

The program also includes 'The Saturday Skill School', which is part of the apprenticeship aspect. Every alternate Saturday, employees of Nokia Siemens Networks will interact with students and impart skills that they could use to earn a livelihood or even grow as individuals. The program will be one of a kind with active hands-on participation by Nokia Siemens Networks in its implementation and sustenance.

University Collaboration
Under its association with AITTM, Amity University and ITM, Nokia Siemens Networks will sponsor 50% of the total annual cost for seven deserving students in each institute. Of these, two scholarships will be awarded to female students under Nokia Siemens Networks' 'Women in Technology' program. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide inputs for course development, onsite training, and web based training modules for each institution.

About Sweccha
Swechha is an organization dedicated to enabling ourselves and others around us to 'Be the Change', in making a visible difference to the Environment- both Physical and Social. Our partners and volunteers inspire us, but it is our singular passion towards seeking creative ways to make a change ourselves and involving a large number of others in this process of change that excites and engages us all consistently. The European Union, American Embassy, Sri Ratan Tata Trust, the UNV, Nokia Siemens Networks, HCL technologies, Accenture Group, UNDP, CNN International are just some of the institutions that we have worked with along this journey. With a commitment to achieve a development process that is more sustainable and conducive to our environment, Swechha continues to devise newer, more creative and effective ways of expanding our message to more people across nations. www.swfc.org.in

About NDMC
The National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) comprises three local bodies, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Cantonment Board. NDMC resolves to intensify its efforts in providing better civic services to the citizens and a multitude of visiting patrons from all over the country and overseas. Other objectives before NDMC are to improve quality of life provide social and community welfare amenities with public, private participation- with special emphasis on promotion of art & culture, environmental improvement, cleaning & greening campaigns to serve as a show window of "A Model Well-Planned Metropolitan City".
http://www.ndmc.gov.in

About AITTM
AITTM , Amity University , established in 2002 , is amongst the few institutions in the Country, conducting B.Tech. degree in Electronics &Telecommunication and MBA in Telecom Management. The courses cover technology and management practices relevant for Telecom Industry. Institution is well equipped with laboratories, library and state of the art infrastructure. The entire University campus is Wi-Fi enabled which makes students IT savvy. Amity University is one of the biggest private university in the country with more than 60000 students and 3000 faculty. The campus is spread over 705 acres of land. Amity University is conducting more than 132 programmes.

About ITM
Institute of Technology and Management, Gurgaon (ITM), an ISO 9001:2000 certified institution, was founded in 1996 to promote excellence in Technical and Management education by Educate India Society, registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860. Our mission is to develop well rounded and professional graduates with a breadth of knowledge and the capability for analytical thinking committed to excellence in their personal and professional endeavors and, who have the vision, courage and dedication to operate successfully in a dynamic, technology driven global environment.
http://itm.edu

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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