With the objective of enhancing the penetration of open source technology, Red Hat introduced the 'Red Hat Academy' program for science and engineering institutions, worldwide. The program equips institutions with a hands-on instruction curriculum and physical labs, performance-based testing, and educator support. In India, this model has been adapted by many of the prime engineering colleges and universities and they are running it highly successfully and have been able to increase employability and skill level of their students. From a global standpoint, RHCSA, RHCE, are among the top IT certifications, in its category. By offering these certifications, the academic institution can add value to its existing IT education programs and prepare its students for global opportunities.