A New Horizon in Training Market : Ajay Kumar Sharma, CEO and President New Horizons India Ltd. | digitalLEARNING Magazine

A New Horizon in Training Market : Ajay Kumar Sharma, CEO and President New Horizons India Ltd.

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””We now have a very large portfolio of highly satisfied corporate clients as our customers. With a large variety of courses on offering (numbering 1200 in all), state-of-theart facilities, world class content and triple certified faculty, New Horizons is ideally suited to fulfill corporate needs of customized training. New Horizons is present in all modes of learning delivery which includes class-room
training, client site training, computer based training, e-Learning, etc. New Horizons, USA starting its operations in 1982, is the world’s largest IT Training Company with network wide revenues of USD 363 million, employee strength of 5000, 290 centers consisting of over 2000 class rooms spread across 56 countries. It entered India in 2000 as a joint venture between New Horizons World Wide Inc., USA and Shriram Group of India.The company is on an expansion spree and has recently opened 30 centers across the country. The companystrengthened its product line by diversifying its offering to include career programmes, soft skills, business skills and the unique program of English learning. New Horizons has emerged as the fastest growing IT training and education brand in India in the last 12 months. Our customer segments now, apart from a very strong customer list, also includes central government organizations, PSUs, institutions, colleges schools, etc. Keeping in view the reality of Indian market, New Horizons India realised that while the institutional and corporate training market will in times to come grow much faster than retail segment, yet in order to achieve leadership position over a period of time in the Indian market, the company will have to be highly  uccessful in the retail segment. The software vendor highend certifications courses offered by the company for professional student segments such as MCSE, MCSD, RHCE, CCNA, CCNP etc ave developed a waiting time for admission in New Horizons. Since the philosophy of the company is to concentrate on skill transfer and provide high value to learners, the company runs limited batches and is highly successful. The company also addresses a large retail segment namely the career segment, where non-IT professionals are admitted and t rned into highly skilled ready-to-deliver professionals. The company lau ched New Horizons certified networking courses New Horizons Certified N twork Engineer (NHCNE) and New Horizons Certified Web Specialist (NH WS) both carrying one year duration to meet and fill job opportunities in th se segments. Both the programmes have been very well received as the learn rs are being offered not only a great learning experience of concepts, but als  hands on live exercises and projects backed by a nation wide place ent facility where some of the most reputed companies come for campus in erviews and recruit students of New Horizons. In the career segment, net orking is the most popular area at the moment and that has been our most popular course.  owever, going forward, the company wishes to launch mor  career programs such as New Horizons Certified Database Administratr (NHCDBA) and New Horizons Certified Software Engineer (NHCSW), which will be a two year programme. In years to com the company expects the Indian IT training market to triple from the current levels and next five to seven years are expected to be good for country’s economy as well as IT training industry. e-Learning market in India is very small estimated to be approx 100 crores. However, this market is likely to show exceptional growth in times to come. Huge population of working professionals who have the hunger for higher learning and for acquiring and updating skills who need flexibility of time and pace to learning will drive the growth of e-Learning in India. High end IT certifications programmes as well as management programmes are likely to seek maximum growth in e-Learning space in next few years. On pan-India basis, Internet speed and bandwidth may be a hindrance to faster spread of e-Learning. However, it is expected that infrastructure related problems will soon be a thing of the past and quality education will be deemed direct-to-home for working class professionals. New Horizon has global presence in both kinds of e-Learning solutions namely Online Anytime and Online Live where a live instructor is available online. The range of e-Learning is very vast and we expect substantial revenues from this mode of delivery in next three years. In our opinion,  -Learning market, due to its advantages on flexibility and cost is likely to grow much faster in India as compared to USA and the demand could easily touch 1000 crores in next 5 years.

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