Cisco announces winners of networking skills competition

Cisco announced the winners of its National Networking
Skills Competition, NetRiders India 2011.

Aakanksha Mishra and Ravi Agrawal from CRISP
 (Centre for Research and Industrial Staff Performance) Bhopal won the
contest while Dhanapal Santhosh and Manish Bavne from CRISP Bhopal and 
Gaurav Singh Ahlawat and Rupinderjit Singh from Thapar University, Patiala,
were the first and second runners up respectively.  

The winning team will represent the country at the 2011
APAC NetRiders Team Challenge scheduled for October 27, 2011. The APAC winners
will be awarded a one week paid trip to San Jose, California, where they will
spend time at Cisco and other leading IT organizations apart from meeting with
Cisco Chairman and CEO, John Chambers.

NetRiders is an annual competition held by the Cisco Networking Academy, an e-learning program
that enables students to develop valuable information and communications
technology (ICT) skills for increased access to opportunities in the global

Leveraging the network, students from across Cisco
Networking Academies in India participated in the contest over Cisco’s
collaborative platform,
Cisco WebEx. The
competition involved two levels of testing. The first level was a
multiple-choice online examination, and the second, an online network
configuration through a computer simulation test using Cisco Packet Tracer.

NetRiders Challenge provides a global platform for
students and alumni of Cisco Networking academies to showcase their IT
Networking skills and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing
ICT industry. Over the years, the competition has met with tremendous success
with an ever-growing number of students participating from academies across the
APAC region,” said Bina Raj-Debur, regional head, Corporate Responsibility,
Cisco India & SAARC.

Through initiatives such as these, Cisco Networking
Academy has made a positive impact on student’s lives by encouraging career
advancement, supporting the growth of the ICT industry and promoting
sustainable economic development in the communities in which it operates,” she

In India, there are around 196 Networking Academies that
have instructed more than 50,146 students since inception. Last year 330
Students from 15 Academies across the country participated in the NetRiders
competition to showcase their IT & Networking skills. Indo-German Institute
of Advanced Technology, Visakhapatnam, won the India competition. Amrita School
of Engineering, Bangalore, and Engineering College – Bikaner, Rajasthan were the
1st and 2nd runners up respectively.

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