Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched a digital skilling initiative on Monday for 30 crore students from Class VII to graduation which will focus on skilling, reskilling and upskilling students via internships, apprenticeships and employment in the emerging technologies.
Minister of state for skill development and information, Rajeev Chandrasekhar was also present on the occasion. The minister said this is the first-ever collaboration on a national scale between the ministry of education, the ministry of skill and affiliated NSDCs, Skill India programmes (National Educational Alliance for Technology) and AICTE. Over 100 technology corporate and manufacturing firms have already come on board on this platform to provide free-of-cost emerging technology certifications.
“World is facing unprecedented changes and there is a need for skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling. We must make skilling a mass movement,” said Pradhan. “The government is functioning as a facilitator in creating a 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,” Pradhan added.
The minister called upon tech companies to synergise technology with all Indian languages. Highlighting the potential of India when it comes to human capital, especially given the strong demographic dividend, Pradhan said: “This programme 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.”