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New Certificate Course on
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software In Collaboration With CISCO

Course Code: 651

Name of the Course

The nomenclature of the course is "IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software. This course is offered in collaboration with CISCO. The CISCO is a reputed international organization in the field of Information Technology. This Networking Academy Program is a Public-Private Partnership between Cisco Systems, and NIOS aimed at nurturing IT professionals.

Eligibility Criteria

10th pass from any recognized Board of school education.

Course Duration

The duration of the course is six months. However a person can complete this course within five years of registration as per NIOS norms.

Objectives of the Course

  • To enable the learners to work on networking environment.
  • To develop skills and competencies in computer hardware assembling.
  • To maintain a standard equivalence with industry and market demand.
  • To enable the learners to take up jobs/professions in Computer Hardware Maintenance.

Course Content

This course provides an excellent introduction to the IT industry and interactive exposure to personal computers, hardware, and operating systems. Students will get opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and lab-based learning to become familiar with various hardware and software components and discover best practices in maintenance and safety. In addition, this course covers the following:

  • Laptops and portable devices
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Security
  • Safety and environmental issues
  • Communication skills

The course will be conducted through Accredited Vocational Institutes(AVIs), who will be responsible for the imparting of training skills and competencies of a qualitative standard by adopting suitable training methods, strategies and systems as per NIOS-CISCO instruction. The AVIs will provide 30 hours of hands on experience at the study center. Entire course along with practical activities will be available on CISCO site.

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction is both English and Hindi. The course is offered through a multimedia approach comprising the following:

  • On line course material
  • Face to face counselling
  • Practical facilities at the Study center
  • Internal assignment

Course Evaluation

For evaluation of students 60% weightage is given to Practicals and 40% weightage to theory in the public examination. In order to pass, the learner has to secure 70% marks in aggregate.

Course Fee

A student will pay Rs. 4000/- to NIOS towards course fee, which includes the cost of on line material and practical facilities. The practical will be conducted through its AVIs/Study Centres as per norms and conditions of CISCO and NIOS. The share of AVI will be Rs. 3200/-and Rs. 800/- will be NIOS share.

Admission Procedure

Admission is done as per dates notified by the NIOS. Application form and prospectus can be procured from either NIOS or its selected Study Centres (AVIs) as given below:

  1. OM Computer Institute, Mumbai (AVI No. 610042 - Maharastra) E-Mail omcomputers(at)omeducation[dot]com
  2. Society of Indian Technical Institute, Shillong (AVI, No.520007 - Meghalaya) E-Mail hemen_kalita(at)rediffmail[dot]com
  3. EXE Solutions Computer Institute, Delhi (AVI No.990158 - DELHI) E-Mail exesolutions(at)rediffmail[dot]com
  4. National Institute of Vocational Training , Bazaza Bazar, Ambala Cantt (AVI No. 550005 - Haryana) E-Mail pgambhir2001(at)yahoo[dot]com, website External Website that opens in a new window
  5. Nice, Balangir (AVI No 650006 - Orissa) E-Mail: nicebalangir(at)gmail[dot]com
  6. AISECT (All India Society for Electronics & Computer Technology), (AVI No 600128) , Bhopal.

Course Delivery Mechanism

The module for theoretical component will be available on the CISCO web site accessible to all learners with their unique user ID and password. For students, not having access to Internet, instructional material will be developed by NIOS in collaboration with CISCO.

Publicity of the Course

AVIs are expected to publicise this course widely by putting up banner/notice etc, so that adequate number of learners enroll to this course.


After successful completion of the course a participation certificate will be issued by CISCO to the learner. The final certificate will be issued by NIOS.

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