Microsoft, Nasscom tie up to create courses for govt’s digital upskilling initiatives

Microsoft, Nasscom tie up to create courses for govt’s digital upskilling initiatives
7 Jan, 2021

Microsoft on Thursday said it has partnered with the Directorate General of Training (DGT) in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Nasscom Foundation to create courses for students in the country’s Industrial Training Institutes (ITI).

The collaboration is expected to help an estimate of 1.2 lakh students of 3,000 such institutes in the country, who are pursuing training in information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITES, according to a statement.

A blended learning curriculum will be created for students pursuing the ‘computer operating and programming assistant’ (COPA) trade, the statement said.

Students will gain insight into Microsoft technologies, starting at the primary level from Office Productivity Suite to introducing advanced concepts of programming, networking and cybersecurity, the statement added.

The partnership, Microsoft said, is an extension of its global skilling initiative to help 25 million individuals acquire new digital skills needed for the “COVID-19 economy.”

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Learning resources from LinkedIn, GitHub and Microsoft Learn will be integrated with the MSDE’s Bharat Skills platform that covers technical and workplace skills ranging from entry-level digital literacy to training in critical technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

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The Bharat Skills curriculum will be accessible to over 32 lakh students enrolled in 137 trades across 15,000 ITIs, annually, the statement said, adding that the blended learning model would also enable teachers to accommodate double the number of batches with the same infrastructure.

Additionally, DGT will also collaborate with Microsoft and Nasscom Foundation to conduct faculty development programs. Over 250 members of the ITI COPA faculty are expected to be trained in the first phase, the statement said.

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The Directorate General of Training (DGT) in the government of India’s MSDE is the apex organisation for development and coordination at national level for the programmes relating to vocational training.