NIIT and Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), Colombia's leading technical education institute, have signed an International Cooperation General Agreement to provide IT, ITeS and English and Professional Life Skills training to the people of Colombia.

The agreement was signed on January 19 at Bogota in the presence of the Minister of State for External Affairs, India, Shashi Tharoor, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia, Jaime Bermudez Merizalde, Julia Gutierrez De Pineres, Director of Promotion, Corporate and International Relations, SENA, and Ajai Lal, senior vice-president, International Education Business, NIIT, at the Ministry of External Relations office, Palacio San Carlos, Cancilleria. NIIT was part of the delegation led by Dr. Tharoor, at the invitation of Dr. Bermudez.

Under the agreement, NIIT and SENA have mutually agreed to collaborate for procurement of content for BPO courses and training, procurement of content for English Language training courses and training, and ‘Train the Trainer' for BPO courses. During the visit, Dr. Tharoor expressed the hope that the agreement will strengthen cooperation in information, communication and technology sectors and help in capacity-building and talent development in Colombia for mutual benefit.

The International Cooperation General Agreement marks a long-term commitment on the part of NIIT and SENA to jointly develop human capacity in Colombia.