Union Minister of Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan on June 6 launched a Digital Skilling program in emerging and future technologies that is envisaged to skill one crore students from class 7 to undergraduates. AICTE, through this initiative, will create job recruiters and skill trainers in every nook and corner of the country, with active support from the Centre. AICTE will give internship opportunities in technical fields for students from class 7th to Undergraduation through this program ‘Digital Skilling’.
The digital skilling initiative will focus on skilling, reskilling and upskilling students via internships, apprenticeships, and employment to 1 crore students in the Emerging Technologies. This is the first-ever collaboration on a national scale between Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Skill and affiliated NSDCs, Skill India programs (National Educational Alliance for Technology) and AICTE. Over 100+ technology corporate/manufacturing firms have already come on board on this platform to provide free-of-cost emerging technology certifications.
Speaking at the launch, the minister said that the world is facing unprecedented changes and there is need for skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling. “We must make skilling a mass movement,” he added. He further said that the 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. The Minister called upon tech companies to synergise technology with all Indian languages.
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 Shri Narendra Modi, he added.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development and Information spoke about Digital India’s vision to transform lives, create opportunities for the youth and make India a producer of technology products and services. He said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has referred to coming 10 years as India’s tech-ade. He stressed that in the next few years, the world’s digitisation requires more and more talent. Supply chain for digital products is undergoing tectonic changes, India has a huge opportunity in building a trillion dollar digital economy as world looks to India to supply technology, innovation and talent. He stressed that today’s launch is a significant step towards making India’s tech-ade a reality.