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India connects to BICSI global network

Here's good news for Telecom and Networking professionals: BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International) has opened its India chapter. BICSI members can avail of the latest technical information, attend seminars, and also pursue certified training through international courses, without the need to go abroad.

Founded in the US in 1974, BICSI has become a worldwide non-profit telecommunications association. It has over 22,000 members from nearly 90 countries, and its programs cover a broad spectrum of voice, data and video technologies. Building Industry Consultants (BICs) are responsible for the design and distribution of telecommunication cabling for commercial and multi-family buildings.

Vikas Pinjarkar, GM, Structured Cabling, D-Link India, has been elected as the official BICSI country representative.

Pinjarkar said, "Like its worldwide operations, BICSI will offer courses, conferences, publications and registration programs for telecommunications cabling distribution designers and installers in India."

Pinjarkar added that BISCI will offer technical courses and organize exams like RCDD. It will also conduct technical seminars. Scholarships for courses would also be available in course of time. Initially, members can avail of technical manuals produced in the US, but these would later be distributed locally.

Membership is open to individuals for an annual fee of $70. In addition, there's a corporate membership that enables organizations to use the BICSI logo. Aspiring members can register online (www.bicsi.org).

Vikas Pinjarkar, BICSI official in India (seated second from left) and Paulo Eduardo da silva, BICSI International Development Manager (seated in the center), with other BICSI officials at the launch of BICSI’s Indian chapter in Mumbai
 
     
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