NSDC, Microsoft joins hands to empower Indian youth with digital skills

NewsBharati    09-Jul-2020
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New Delhi, July 09: In an initiative to transform India into a skilled nation, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is collaborating with Microsoft in aimed to provide digital skills to over 1 lakh youth in the country over the next 12 months.
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As per this strategic partnership Microsoft’s learning resource center, Microsoft Learn will be integrated with the eSkill India digital platform to provide free access to learning resources and conduct digital skilling awareness drives, equipping the next generation of learners with the skills they need to thrive in a digital economy.
"The digital transformation of India is driving demand for tech-enabled jobs across every industry and with it the need for digital skills. We are deeply invested in creating a digital skills ecosystem that prepares India’s workforce for jobs of the future. Our partnership with NSDC is a strong step in that direction, equipping learners with easily accessible tools and resources needed to succeed in a digital economy," Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said.
“The collaboration aims at accelerating online learning for enhancing the employability of the young workforce in a rapidly evolving digital environment. With a focus on new-age and advanced skills, the initiative will meet the growing demands of our economy, ” said Manish Kumar, CEO & MD, NSDC.
The integration of Microsoft Learn on the eSkill India platform will provide learners with customized content and resources, accessible anytime, anywhere. eSkill India and Microsoft will co-host e-skilling events, webinars, and virtual sessions across the country to support students, training partners, and higher-education trainees enrolled under NSDC’s skill training programs. The sessions will be designed to drive digital literacy and provide insights into technologies like AI, machine learning, and cloud computing among others.
This collaboration is endeavored to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy.