After empowering more than 55,000 students in 30 cities in North, West and East India, the NIS Academy is planning to expand its operations in South India. The Academy will open educational centres offering employability-linked programmes in key cities in South such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram and Mysore, among others, by March 2008. With 10 new centres in the South, the Academy aims to benefit 2,500 students through its unique employability-linked programmes.
The announcement was made by Manoj Chawla, Senior Vice-President, NIS Academy, at the India Franchise & Retail Expo ’07-08 on January 24, 2008.
The decision to foray into the South follows the Academy’s recent launch of unique short term certificate courses in retail. Both the announcements are in line with the NIS Academy’s plans to expand its portfolio of employability-linked programmes and to increase its network across all the key cities in the country.
Speaking on the expansion plans, Muralidhar Rao, President & COO, NIS Sparta, said, “The Southern region today is a key market for almost all companies in high growth industries such as retail, FMCG, banking and finance, and auto, among others. With companies expanding their operations in the region, the demand for skilled and market ready manpower has increased manifold. We see a great opportunity to equip the vast pool of educated manpower with necessary skills and know-how to become successful professionals and fill the talent gap that exists today.”
Buoyed by the phenomenal growth of the retail industry, the Academy launched two new short term certificate courses in retail recently. The NIS Academy plans to create over 5,000 skilled and groomed retail professionals for the shop floor level in a year. The courses would also be available at the new centres that Academy is setting up in South India.