Cisco, an international networking organisation, has tied up with the State's nine institutions for enhancement of ICT education. These institutes are the Jagannath Institute for Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi that is part of the Centurion Group of Institutes, National Institute of Science and Technology, Berhampur and the Orissa Computer Application Centre, Bhubaneswar.
Over 450 students are currently enrolled at the Cisco academies marking an increase of 37 % over last year. This year, it has tied up with the Sambalpur University at Burla and the Dhabaleswar Institute in Cuttack. Cisco's South-Asian regional manager Lokesh Mehra explained that ICT is key to development of any society. It acts as a catalyst and is important for developing knowledge pool in Orissa.