On Monday, June 6, 2022, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a digital skilling initiative in advent of new technologies. As per the press release, the digital skilling project would concentrate on skilling, reskilling, and upskilling one crore students in new technologies through internships, apprenticeships, and employment. Furthermore, the initiative is the first nationwide collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Skill and affiliated NSDCs, Skill India programmes (National Educational Alliance for Technology), and the AICTE.
“Over 100+ technology corporate/manufacturing firms have already come on board on this platform to provide free-of-cost emerging technology certifications,” the release mentioned.
Mr Pradhan, addressing the gathering, stated that the world is undergoing enormous changes that necessitate skilling, re-skilling, and up-skilling. Union Minister stated, “We must make skilling a mass movement.”
He further said: “Government is functioning as a facilitator in creating workforce for the future as it is the right time to work with a collaborative approach between industry, academia and policy makers.”
“India has to cater to the workforce requirement of the world and technology will enable us to do so. The Minister called upon tech companies to synergise technology with all Indian languages,” he added. The Minister highlighted that India has vast potential when it comes to our human capital, especially given the strong demographic dividend.
“This program is to connect the right candidates with skill trainers and various courses providing expertise on emerging technologies. It includes artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, data analytics, cyber security, and cloud computing. This is one proactive step closer to our ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ vision for India and fulfilling the dream of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he added.
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