IGNOU- world's largest Open University and NIIT- leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's largest IT trainer, have entered into a 'Global Partnership in Education & Skill Building for Enhanced Employability.' The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on this significant partnership was announced by Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU and Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT, on 10th March 2010. Under this Global Partnership IGNOU & NIIT plan to collaborate in domains like Information Technology and Management Sciences for its India and international operations. Joint Programs in IT would include programs in stand-alone undergraduate programs or combined Master's programs. An Executive MBA will be offered as a part of management programs. The tie-up will also be extended to Finishing School programs that would be available as optional programs for IGNOU students and Alumni.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, remarked, 'More and more people today look up to us to get customized education which is internationally viable. We gradually found our education rather lauded both for employability as well as intellectual recluse. Students today pursue our education in a system of learning process. This global partnership with NIIT will enable students to acquire employable skills for the domestic as well as global markets.' Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT said, 'Inspired by Prime Minister's skills mission, the NIIT- IGNOU partnership seeks to contribute to large scale skill development'. The IGNOU- NIIT partnership aims at initiating the process for developing a pool of industry-ready professionals by bringing together higher education and skill building.