Microsoft, Nasscom launches AI Classroom Series to skill 1 million students!

NewsBharati    10-Sep-2020
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New Delhi, September 10: In a bid to skill India’s future workforce with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, Microsoft joined hands with industry-driven learning ecosystem NASSCOM FutureSkills to launch a nation-wide initiative that aims to skill 10 lakh students in AI by 2021. The initiative will be called an "AI Classroom Series" and it will be paced in three modules.
 
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The online classes will include live demos, hands-on workshops, and assignments through self-learning, virtual instructor-led training, and mentoring. The teaching sessions will be conducted by various experts, including experts from Microsoft and NASSCOM.
 
Students will have the option to choose from multiple time slots and plan their own learning pace. Registered students will also have access to content and developer tools from Microsoft and GitHub. A participation certificate from NASSCOM and Microsoft will be awarded to students at the end of the series.
 
 
The collaboration will provide Microsoft’s AI, machine learning, and data science expertise to students through easy to consume modules including live demos, hands-on workshops, and assignments. These introductory sessions on AI will be available for undergraduate students at no cost and will cover the basics of data science, machine learning models on Azure, and understanding of cognitive services to build intelligent solutions.
 
Speaking about the partnership, Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India, said, “As economies start to recover from the pandemic, expanded access to digital skills will be one of the key drivers of inclusive economic growth. Technologies like AI are becoming enablers for every business today, making the need for creating an AI-ready ecosystem vital for India’s economic and social value creation."
 
She further added that Microsoft is deeply invested in creating a digital skills ecosystem to equip India’s youth with AI-ready skills for evolving job-roles and our partnership with NASSCOM FutureSkills is a strong step in that direction.“
 
Meanwhile, Amit Aggarwal, VP & CEO, IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council, NASSCOM said, “With disruptions and shifting customer preferences changing technology and skillsets in demand there is a rise in new job roles and occupations; skillsets are rapidly emerging as must-haves for current and prospective tech employees adding that The joint initiative with Microsoft aims to not only build future AI skilled talent but also nurture job creation through constant reskilling and upskilling for the years to come.
 
 
Moreover, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM®) is the premier trade body and chamber of commerce of the Tech industry in India and comprises over 2800-member companies including both Indian and multinational organisations that have a presence in India.
 
The partnership with NASSCOM FutureSkills is an extension of Microsoft’s global skilling initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills, needed to thrive in a digital economy. The partnership will also steer collaboration with various academic institutes and colleges to integrate new cloud and AI technologies into the curriculum, with a vision to make India the global hub for skilled talent in AI.