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Cisco Networking Academy

What’s driving this effort?

Cisco Networking Local academy is a part of Sona Centre for Non-formal and Continuing Education, Sona College of Technology. The Academy trains the students for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Certification, which is the industry's most respected certification for IT Professionals.

cisco Cisco Networking Academy Programme

The Cisco Networking Academy Programme is a comprehensive e-learning programme, which provides students with the internet technology skills that are essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy programme delivers Web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on-labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications.

cisco CCNA Certification

The CCNA Certification (Cisco Certified Network Associate) indicates a foundation in the apprentice knowledge of networking. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including but not limited to use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists.

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About the Networking Academy

Launched in October 1997 with 64 educational institutions in seven states - Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, and North Carolina - the Networking Academy has spread to more than 145 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Over 260,000 students have enrolled at more than 9800 Academies located in high schools, technical schools, colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Cisco Systems trains the Cisco Academy Training Centers (CATCs), the CATCs train Regional Academies and the Regional Academies train the Local Academy Instructors who then educate students.

Cisco's partners from business, government and community organizations form an ecosystem to deliver the range of services and support needed to grow tomorrow's global workforce. Created to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) degrees initially, the Academy curriculum has expanded with ecosystem-partner sponsored courses. Optional courses include: Fundamentals of Web design sponsored by Adobe Systems; IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software and IT Essentials: Network Operating Systems sponsored by Hewlett-Packard; Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling sponsored by Panduit; and Fundamentals of UNIX and Fundamentals of Java sponsored by Sun Microsystems.

The Internet enables learning for all students anytime, anywhere, regardless of location, socio-economic status, gender, or race. With the help of United Nations Development Programme, the United States Agency for International Development, and the International Telecommunication Union, Cisco has made the Academy programme available to students in the least developed countries to build the economy of their countries.

The Networking Academy programme continually raises the bar on e-learning and educational processes. Through community feedback and electronic assessment, the Academy programme adapts curriculum to improve outcomes and students' achievements. The Global Learning Network infrastructure designed for the Academy delivers a rich, interactive, and personalized curriculum to students all over the world. The Internet has the power to change the way people learn, work, and play, and the Cisco Networking Academy Programme is in the forefront of this transformation.

The Cisco Networking Academy Programme teaches valuable Internet technology skills, including networking, Web design, IT Essentials, Cabling, Java and UNIX to the students. The Academy Curriculum covers a broad range of topics from basics on how to build a network to how to build a website and more complex IT concepts such as applying advanced troubleshooting tools.

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Infosys Campus Connect

What’s driving this effort?

Campus Connect Program aims at evolving a model through which Infosys and engineering institutions can partner for competitiveness to enhance the pool of highly capable talent for growth requirements in Information Technology (IT) space. The nation-wide program focuses on preparing “industry-ready IT professionals” by aligning and enhancing the engineering student competencies with the needs of the industry.Infosys, in this Campus Connect program, shares with academia its mature technology training methods, courseware, student project samples and other such learning resources that have been developed, practiced and perfected over the last 20 years.The Campus Connect program has several program components weaved together to create synergy for effective, fast-paced learning. Namely - Conclaves, Road Shows, Faculty Enablement Programs (FEP), Sabbaticals, Foundation Programs, Soft Skills Capsule Roll-out, Inspire - The faculty contest series, Sponsored The objective of the ‘Campus Connect portal (CC Portal)’ is to provide a Digital Collaboration Platform for Academia-Industry Interaction on Anytime, Anywhere basis. This brief introduction is aimed at giving an overview of the different sections of the CC portal and the access information.

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IBM Centre of Excellence

On the occasion of SONA IBM Centre inauguration, Mr.HimanshuGoyal, IBM Country Manager presided over the function. In his inauguration speech, Mr.Goyal said that students should try to think different and improve their creativity, which would help them successful in their career. IBM was ready to reach out the students if they could create innovative application, which could be retailed in the market in future. IBM would help the students to become entrepreneur and market the products. Students should utilize their time effectively to enhance their knowledge on various technologies. Mr.Goyal asked the students to identify and work on the areas where they needed to improve and requested them to read the articles on the various technologies and try the sample codes.

Head - IBM Centre of Excellence

We sincerely thank IBM for providing us the opportunity to help our students to add value to their academic standing interms of industry specific training and certification. Since the students get trained and certified on the IBM technologies during their course of study, it really helps them to improve their job specific skillset, they also feel more confident and well informed about the future career.

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IBM Award 2023

Details of Activities and Achievements

Launching of IBM Bluemix product which offers Cloud as a Platform for Innovation.

Dr. V. Mohan Raj
Dept. of Information Technology

Recently, Our college has attained the autonomous status. It will help the college to redesign the curriculum of engineering courses according to the industry requirements. Our association with the IBM will provide the opportunity to include the IBM technology as part of our curriculum.

We have included few of the IBM technologies in the learning of the following courses

Course Name: Web Technology

IBM Technologies used: IBM Rational Application Developer and IBM DB2
Objective :To build web application using JSP/Servlets and client side script technologies using the IBM technologies such as RAD and DB2.

Course Name: Java Programming

IBM Technologies used: IBM Rational Application Developer and IBM DB2
Objective :To build JAVA application using the IBM technologies such as RAD and DB2.

Course Name: Object Oriented Analysis and Design

IBM Technologies used: IBM Rational SEED product
Objective : Object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD) is an engineering approach that models a system as a group of interacting objects. There are a number of different notations for representing these models, such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML). This course helps the students in Mastering (OOAD/UML) 2.0 using IBM Rational SEED product to effectively use system requirements captured in use cases to drive the development of a robust design model.

S.No. Details of Sona IBM Centre of Excellence
    DB 2 RAD Total
1 No of Students trained June 2004 64 256 September 2010   110 366  
May 2009 23
June 2010 59
Feb 2011 110
2 No of Faculty trained June 2004 09   53 September2010   14 67
May 2009 26
June 2010 02
Feb 2011 16
3 No of Students certified   June 2004 64  131 September 2010   101 232
May 2009 21
June 2010 37
May 2011 09 out of 28
4 No of Faculty certified   June 2004 09  33 September 2010   13 46

IBM Technologies used: IBM Rational SEED

Total number of students certified in various IBM Technology - 232
Total number of faculties certified in various IBM Technology - 46
Total - 278

IBM has launched the IBM Blue scholar program to increase the employability of engineering students. IBM’s Blue Scholar Program has been conceived with the aim of being beneficial both for potential employers (i.e. ISLs and ISVs) and employees (i.e. students).

Eligiblity for IBM Blue Scholar

  • Students must have cleared 2 different IBM’s Professional Certifications
  • Students must have participated and submitted a project in IBM’s The Great Mind Challenge Contest

After getting the IBM Blue Scholar Certifcate, Students get the qualification to prove that they are superior to the crowd. IBM Blue Scholar Certificate really helps the potential employers to identify the right candidates at first glance.

Number of IBM Blue Scholars in our college - 3

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Year Number of Teams Participated in TGMC Number of Teams Selected for
Face to Face evaluation
2008 35 5 One of our team made to the top 20
2009 46 5 Ranked among top 30 engineering colleges
2010 90 6 Ranked among top 30 engineering colleges

* For the TGMC 2011, more than 70 teams have been registered.

Fathima Benazir

Sub : About the benefits of RAD and DB2 Certification

I am Fathima Benazir and i have completed RAD and DB2 certifications given by IBM. These certifications definitely helped me in doing the tgmc project. And i gained so much confidence with my tgmc project that i decided to do my final year project also in RAD using DB2 .This knowledge made it easy for me to discuss about my project during my interview and secure a job in a reputed company like Infosys. And i am proud to be an IBM Blue Scholar and i also recommend students to take part in tgmc project and get these certifications which in turn will pave a way towards realizing their dreams.


Sub : Advantage of clearing RAD and DB2 Certification

Hi, this is madhankumar .I have done Rad and DB2 certications by IBM. These certifications definitely increased my technical knowledge and added value to my resume. And since i had good knowledge about rad and db2 i could talk about them in my interview and it has helped me to get a job in I-nautix.So i suggest all students should get these certifications and make good use of them.

  • One day workshop on “WSAD and UDB DB2” was inaugurated by Thiru.A.Dhirajlal on 16/10/2003 and attended by all the CSE, IT and MCA staff members.
  • Two days’ workshop on ”J2EE, ECLIPSE IDE, DB2 AND WSAD” was conducted on 22-23RD, August 2007 for 2 days and 80 students were trained on the topic.
  • One day workshop on “IBM Technologies – Eclipse, WACE and DB2”wasconducted by Mr.Vinod, Technical Consultant, Webteks labs on 15/12/2010 and attended by all the CSE, IT and MCA students those who had registered for TGMC 2010.

IBM Certification Training

  • 3 day DB2 Training was conducted on 25-05-2009 to 27-05-2009.Mr.S.Mowrikumar,IBM-AIP,Sr.Technical consultant gave practical oriented DB2training to the students and staff.
  • 3 day certification training program on IBM DB2 was conducted on 25-02-2010 to 27-02-2010.Mr.KapilWadwa,Trainer shared the resources with the students.
  • 4 day certification Training program on IBM RAD was conducted on 40-08-2010 – 08-08-2010.Mr. Suleeman soudhagar,Trainer,Zensoft services conducted the training.
  • 3 day certification training program on IBM DB2 was conducted on 21-02-2011 to 23-02-2011.Mr.Anubhav,Trainer trained the students.

Our IBM Centre is always committed to encourage and guide the student community to take part in the TGMC event of the IBM. For the last 3 years, our IBM CoE had shown enthusiastic participation in the IBM TGMC events. Hence, Our IBM centre is felicitated by IBM as best centre for enthusiastically participated in the National Level Project Contest TGMC.


Student Ambassador Program

IBM TGMC Student Ambassador program is effectively implemented in our college. Our IBM TGMC ambassadors are really taking the effort in organizing the following events and explaining the benefits of participation in the TGMC event

  • Giving Presentation About TGMC and DeveloperWorks
  • Explaining the various certification programme offered to the students through our CoE
  • Organizing IBM Quiz events
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1. In TGMC 2008, one of our team got selected for the Top20
2. The following number of teams were selected for Face to Face Evaluation In the year 2009, 5 Batches got selected for face to face evaluation In the year2010, 6 Batches got selected for face to face evaluation
3. Achieved very good pass percentage in RAD and DB2 certification program
4. Three of our students got Blue Scholar Certificate Status.


Last Date of SRS Submission : 31st Jan, 2012.
Last Date of TGMC Project Submission : 25th March, 2012

IBM RFT Certification Examination is scheduled to be held on January 18th, 2012

Mr.Muthukumar, Cognizant Technologies, Chennai.

Sub.:My TGMC Journey


         My name is Muthukumar.M. I would like to share my TGMC journey with all of you. I developed Work to Worker project for IBM TGMC-09 event and got selected for the face to face evaluation which gave me motivation to work in some real time projects. The skills that I acquired during the TGMC project development really helped me to get placed in the CTS and implement the company project effectively.

I request all my juniors to get registered with the TGMC and learn the real time project development experience.

Ms. S. Renuka

Sub. : About the IBM TGMC 2011.

My name is Renuka. I registered in IBM TGMC 2011.Ihad done the presentation about TGMC event [stating the benefits like exposure to real time project development, opportunity to get trained and certified in the IBM products like RAD, DB2, Tivoli, RFT and also list the TGMC project scenarios, our IBM Coe achievements and IBM Developer Works web site].I had conductedTechnical quiz related to IBM for the students. I helped the students in the TGMC registration and installing IBM software required for developing TGMC Projects.IBM certification Training program planned in our college.IBM RAD – Rational Application Developer Training - Conducted by In-house staff members in the month of August. RFT – Rational Functional Tester Training – in the month of October.I shared my views with students and motivating them to be part of the industry on various activities So, I am proud to be an IBM Student Ambassador of my college.

Ms. Fathima Benazir

Sub.:About the IBM Academic Initiative

I am Fathima Benazir. Being the IBM academic initiative I got the opportunity to interact with the guest speakers associated with IBM. It also helped me with my tgmc project and it gave me a chance to interact more with students to give them idea about the uses of tgmc competition and help them with their doubts regarding registrations. i also got to learn a lot from the faculty regarding installation procedures and effective usage of the IBM softwares.It helped me brief the students regarding the same.We also conducted a lot of technical presentations highlighting the ibm software usage and conducted quiz programmes to enhance the knowledge gained. It has also strengthened my leadership skills to a greater extent. Being the academic initiative has showed me the best side of being an industry associate.

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MAT LAB Academy

Sona College of Technology Deploys MATLAB and Simulink Anywhere Access for Students, Educators, and Researchers

New Campus-Wide License underscores university’s commitment to bettering its learning environment

Sona College of Technology signed an agreement with MathWorks that provides all of our students, educators, and researchers campus-wide access to MATLAB, Simulink, and additional products.

Sona College of Technology joins more than 700 schools worldwide already using the MathWorks Campus-Wide License.

Sona College of Technology’s adoption of MATLAB and Simulink for technical computing and Model-Based Design further demonstrates the school’s commitment to continuously enhancing the learning environment for its students, educators, and researchers by providing anywhere access to cohesive industry-standard tools.

Sona College of Technology’s MATLAB and Simulink campus-wide Campus-Wide License includes analysis, design, modeling, simulation, code generation, and testing products for the engineering and science schools, plus computational finance for the business and economic schools.

Sona College of Technology is deploying these tools to students, educators, and researchers via a centralized license that increases the administrative efficiency of software management and distribution and ensures that a common set of tools is readily available for all users.

Through the agreement between Sona College of Technology and MathWorks, users will have access to software and associated documentation as well as immediate access to new releases. The Campus-Wide License permits the installation of MATLAB and Simulink on campus-managed and user-owned computers.

For instructions on downloading the software go to Sona College of Technology MATLAB Portal

Sona College of Technology now offers a campus-wide license to MATLAB, Simulink, and companion products. All faculty, researchers, and students are eligible to download and install these products on their university computers as well as their personally-owned computers. Here’s a sampling of the add-on products available:

  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • Simscape
  • Simscape Multibody
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox

Go to Sona College of Technology Portal to download.

As part of Sona College of Technology’s MATLAB site license, all faculty, staff, and students have access to hands-on learning through Online Training Courses - at no extra cost.

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Our Online Training Courses allows new and existing users to learn to use MATLAB effectively. Courses include interactive MATLAB exercises for fast and relevant learning. Quizzes test your knowledge and provide immediate feedback. These online courses are intended for beginning users as well as those looking for more in-depth training.

Available courses:

  • MATLAB Onramp (English, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese)
  • Deep Learning Onramp (English, Japanese)
  • Simulink Onramp (English)
  • Deep Learning with MATLAB (new)
  • Solving Nonlinear Equations with MATLAB (English, Japanese)
  • Solving Ordinary Differential Equations with MATLAB (English, Japanese)
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra with MATLAB (English, Japanese)
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods with MATLAB (English, Japanese)
  • MATLAB Fundamentals (English, Japanese)
  • MATLAB for Financial Applications (English, Spanish)
  • MATLAB Programming Techniques (English)
  • MATLAB for Data Processing and Visualization (English)
  • Machine Learning with MATLAB (English)

For online courses MATLAB installation is not required. Just log in with your MathWorks account to begin.

RedHat Academy Partner

SONA signed MOU with Red Academy and has become the Red Hat Academic Partner. The benefits we can reap out of this MOU are our students and faculty members will be trained for Red Hat Global and SONA has become the recognized exam center to conduct the certification exams.

RedHat academy turns academic institutions into centers for enterprise – ready talent by outfitting them with Red Hat training. This comes in the form of hands-on instructions, curriculum, labs, performance-based testing and instructors support. The Red Hat Academy curriculum is offered across Red Hat’s most in-demand platform, middleware and clod techniques.

SONA has organized three technical seminars and one FDP program jointly with Red Hat. Four faculty members and 14 students are certified RHCSAs with 10 of them have scored 300/300 in the global certification exam conducted in the month of December 2019.

This collaborative partnership empowers our students to establish a promising career path within open source and Red Hat technologies. Red Hat challenge students with rigorous curriculum and hands-on labs that will equip them with the enterprise-ready skills needed to reach their highest potential. As Red Hat becomes engaged in our academic mission, we become a differentiator in education and guide our students along a path of success.

RedHat mission is to be the catalyst in the communities of customers, contributors, and partners, creating better technology the open source way. As we work together over the coming semesters, we are united around a single vision— to see our students transform, succeed, and gain the education needed to fulfill their dreams.