IT education and training major NIIT today announced its partnership with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to collaborate in areas like IT and management services.

Under the agreement, NIIT and IGNOU will jointly work on curriculum and its delivery, examination and certification of various programmes under areas such as Information Technology and management. NIIT is aiming at training about one million students in the next five years under the partnership.

“As part of the partnership, we would offer IT and management courses in collaboration with IGNOU. These courses are targeted at skill-building to enhance the employability of the students,” NIIT chairman Rajendra S Pawar told reporters here.

The courses are expected to commence from July this year from 100 NIIT centres. The fee would range between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 1.5 lakh, depending on the course and its duration.

“We will start with about 100 centres and scale it up to 300 centres over two years in the country. Besides, we would extend this to our centres in Asia Pacific and African region,” NIIT president (Global Individual Learning Business) G Raghavan said.

NIIT has about 900 centres globally, of which 500 centres are located in India.

The partnership will target sectors such as IT, banking and finance, BPO and retail.