CyberLearning Launches Program to Train a Million IT Workers in India

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Innovative national program to bridge the Digital Divide in India inaugurated to provide digital literacy education and certification for a million Indians.

CyberLearning, the global non-profit leader in digital education,just announced the inauguration of the IC3 digital literacy program in the Indian state of Kerala for providing training and globally accepted IT certification for 15,000 students and adults. Its program partners are its Indian subsidiary http://www.cyberlearningindia.com and Reliance WebWorlds.

The Kerala program was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on August 3, 2005 at an impressive ceremony at the state capital.

The program, funded 50% by Kerala Government and 50% by CyberLearning-Reliance WebWorld partnership, will be available through Kerala Government C-DIT’s 500-plus education partners spread across the State. The students will take online IC3 certification exams at 18 high-speed state-of-the-art Reliance WebWorlds located throughout Kerala. The certification tests are administered by Certiport, Utah-based Certification Company that also provides certifications globally for Microsoft Office.

"This is a major step in CyberLearning’s efforts to bridge the global digital divide in developing countries," said Dr. Appu Kuttan, CyberLearning Chairman, a global digital education leader and author of the acclaimed recent book, "From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity." Dr. Kuttan, who has been an advisor to many World leaders including India’s Rajiv Gandhi, added, "The Kerala project is a giant step towards bridging the digital divide in India. We hope to replicate this project in other Indian states and other developing countries."

CyberLearning’s global campaign mission is to provide IT training to one million people by 2010, said Pankaj Rai, CEO of http://www.cyberlearningindia.com.

About CyberLearning:

Alexandria, VA-based CyberLearning, provides 2,500 plus high-quality affordable online courses, certifications and mentoring in IT, Healthcare including HIV prevention, English Language, Call Center etc. Founded in 1989, CyberLearning has provided training to over 250,000 students and adults. In 2004 alone, CyberLearning provided over $25 million in matching grants to schools, colleges, non-profits as well as national, state and local governments, corporations and other entities serving the disadvantaged.

About Reliance WebWorlds:

Reliance Webstores Ltd. is part of the Reliance Infocomm, India's largest private information and communications services provider with a subscriber base of over 11 million. It is an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Enterprises group company.

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