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Edexcel and IIHT forge strategic alliance

Bangalore, September 8, 2010: Edexcel, a Pearson company – the United Kingdom’s
largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications, and Indian Institute
of Hardware and Technology (IIHT), Asia’s leading technology training organisation in IMS,
today announced a strategic partnership that would pave way to revolutionize hardware
training globally. The partnership would enable IIHT to offer customised Edexcel BTEC
Higher National Diploma in Hardware Technology program (BTEC HND IMS).

This work-related qualification is expected to create a completely job ready, skilled talent
pool that addresses the needs of employers. The BTEC HND IMS program offers a
comprehensive 20 unit course that comprises of all the essential technologies. This is
imparted through 1,200 hours of skill based training with effective learning outcomes. After
completing the BTEC HND IMS Programme, students can pursue a lucrative career or further
enhance their knowledge by pursuing advanced degree programs.

The Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) industry, a USD 524 billion dollar market
globally and growing at the rate of 35%, is projected to offer more than 2 lakh jobs by the
end of 2010. It is a fact that there are 3 times more jobs than trained professionals in the
IMS industry today. Given the business dynamics, IMS can be offered as onsite or offshore or
as a hybrid model. IT infrastructure management plays a vital role in solving the growing
business needs of medium and large enterprises.

Addressing a press conference here today, Vivek Govil, CEO, Pearson Education said, “We
are extremely pleased to be working with IIHT and we believe it will become one of the
most high-profile international partnerships in the IT space. The BTEC pedagogy, its qualityassurance
model and IIHT’s delivery muscle will ensure we tap the potential of students
across India and cater to the huge manpower requirements of this industry”.

Speaking on the occasion, N Keshava Raju, CEO, IIHT, said, “As a pioneer we are taking the
next logical step by globalising our training program. By partnering Edexcel, we are not only
bringing international vocational training to India, but also taking the highly acclaimed
module to 15 more countries where we have presence. This alliance would provide IIHT the
much needed fillip and cement its position as a market leader in providing IMS training”.

About Edexcel:

Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and
vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of
learning in the UK and internationally. In 2007, Edexcel delivered 9.6 million exam scripts in
over 85 countries, with 4.5 million marked onscreen using the groundbreaking ePen
technology. Edexcel general qualifications taken internationally include GCSEs, AS and A
Levels and IGCSEs. Edexcel vocational qualifications include BTEC from entry level to Higher
National Diplomas. Edexcel entire vocational portfolio had over one million registrations
across 45 countries. For more information, log on to www.edexcel.com/subcontinent

About IIHT:

Founded in the year 1992 in Bangalore, IIHT is India’s leading technology training
organization in IMS. The company has its presence in over 200 centers in India and offers
training across 15 more countries including China, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast,
Middle East, Turkey, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Congo, Liberia
and Malaysia. A pioneer in IMS training, IIHT certifications are industry oriented, conducted
with the state-of-the-art infrastructure with certified experienced faculty. IIHT has a
portfolio of 50 courses and trains close to 100,000 students a year. The organization has
trained about 1000,000 students till date.

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