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|January 28, 1998||
NIIT to open Y2K school in EnglandSoftware and training giant NIIT will open a new front in the battle against the millennium bug by opening a training school in Southeast England.
NIIT is making ambitious plans to start crash courses for hundreds of pupils at its new training school that will open outside Maidstone; about 100 miles form London.
It will start in the next few weeks if plans stay on schedule.
NIIT will initially focus on training programmes to tackle the millennium bug as the countdown begins to 2000 AD.
Once that is up and running, the company will begin training the thousands of programmers who will be needed as the European Monetary Union gets underway in a number of countries.
The European Monetary Union's introduction will lead to re-programming work in the next few years as countries switch from using francs and marks to the new currency.
Indian companies have already picked up giant contracts worldwide to rewrite programmes to counter the millennium bug. However, most companies are getting the work done by battalions of newly hired programmers in India.
A British computer software company, the FI Group, recently announced that it is buying a major stake in IIS Infotech and will carry out much of its work on the millennium bug.
But NIIT is taking a completely different approach, which will set it apart from other computer companies.
The company has said it will hire teachers locally for the new school and will keep Indian personnel to an absolute minimum.
NIIT says there is no shortage of experienced programmers in Great Britain who can be rapidly trained to work on the millennium bug.
- Compiled from the Indian media
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