Corporate News: April 2009

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HP Software University launched in India 

World technology leader Hewlett-Packard (HP) has launched HP Software University (HPSU) in partnership with the Indian Institute of Hardware Technology (IIHT) to train and certify software testing professionals. The unique university will be initially launched in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Noida, Chennai and Bangalore and HP has plans to add more cities over the next few months.

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The global software testing market is estimated to be US$ 13 billion and India is expected to contribute 70% of the market. Its present share is US$ 6.5-7 billion. This programme from HP in the non-enterprise training space aims to address the growing demand of software testing. With a market share of over 60% in application testing, HP was well poised to address the enormous demand for Industry ready talent in software testing, HP India Managing Director Neelam Dhawan said.

MeritTrac launches India's 1st mock entrance test

MeritTrac Services has announced the launch of 1score, India's first unified mock entrance test. This test claims to help students in evaluating their preparedness for various engineering entrance examinations by taking one common test. The students get a comparative analysis of how they would perform on various leading
engineering entrance examinations, including IIT-JEE, AIEEE, CET, EAMCET, BITSAT, Manipal UGET, etc. Edurite Technologies is the academic partner for this test and provides the test design know-how for this programme.

1score evaluates students on Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, and creates a readiness index on the student's preparedness to face various engineering entrance examinations. The students are given a feel of new exam procedures like online applications, OMR answer sheets, etc. A detailed report and analysis of how the candidate has performed in 1score is shared along with constructive inputs on topics of strength and areas of improvement.

Cisco and Metropolis collaborate to develop sustainable intelligent cities

Cisco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Metropolis, an association comprising 106 of the world's largest cities, to develop its 'Vision 2030' for sustainable cities around the world. As part of this MoU, Cisco will advise Metropolis on how to build a collaborative operating model between Metropolis member cities and establish an Urban Leadership Academy to demonstrate how future cities can effectively use technology to advance clean public transportation, decrease pollution through intelligent urban development, offer pervasive access to citizen-centric services and support sustainable economic growth.

As part of the strategic collaboration, Cisco will collaborate with Metropolis over an initial two-year period to develop new practices and enhance existing models in urban development and sustainability. The collaboration with Metropolis is a significant milestone for Cisco, as part of its recently launched global 'Intelligent Urbanisation' initiative.

Intel to train 5,000 Rwandan secondary school teachers in ICT

Rwanda's Ministry of Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel for training 5,000 secondary school teachers in ICT. At the signing ceremony at the Ministry's headquarters, State Minister in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Theoneste Mutsindashyaka commended the project, stressing that it was going to enhance the development of education in Rwanda.

The Minister also revealed that Intel was going to help in revamping the Rwanda Computer Centre (RCC), a local computer assembling company to enable it to assemble computers for a larger market. Under the programme, 50 people will be trained initially, who will in turn train the 5,000 teachers around the country whose number is expected to increase to 10,000 within three years. According to the MoU, Intel will fund the development and revision of Intel Teach Curriculum, and will also fund localisation of the programme.

Untapped Indian market gets SMART focus

Terming the Indian market as largely untapped in terms of the spread of Interactive White Boards, SMART launched V280 board in New Delhi. Terry Wason, Area Manager for CEE, Russia and India, SMART Technologies launching the new product, maintained that this launch signifies the growing interest of the company in the Indian market.

Talking about the market strategies of SMART in India, Wason stated that with the penetration levels of Interactive White Boards standing a way less than 1% in the country, India has to go a long way in this regard. 'Since we a have a market share of 53.2% worldwide, we are also optimistic about the Indian market which remains largely untapped.'

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