Exclusive: AICTE, MoE and MSDE team up to launch Digital Skilling – a free skills platform on emerging technologies

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The Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) have partnered to launch a joint initiative “Digital Skilling” – a free platform for training, development and requalification. “The initiative aims to provide future-ready technical and digital skills on emerging technologies to one crore of Indians,” Anil Sahasrabudhe, President of AICTE told FE Education Online. According to him, the platform will bring together companies from all sectors under one roof and help fill the shortage of skilled labor in the country.

The Digital Skilling platform will be launched on June 6, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship.

AICTE says it has identified 30 emerging technologies, 55 job roles and 155 skill sets that it says will be in demand in the next 20 to 30 years. “With 50% of India’s population under the age of 25, a huge opportunity for young people and young professionals awaits to form the backbone of the country’s economy. The facts we have gathered point to the need to address the challenge of the skills gap in emerging technologies by digitally training our youth,” Sahasrabudhe added.

The platform will offer courses on new era technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) and information and communication technologies (ICT), among others, as well as internship and apprenticeship opportunities with market leaders. So far, 63 companies, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Service (AWS), International Business Machines (IBM) among others, have already confirmed their participation in this initiative. “We expect more than 200 companies to join us with the aim of offering training programs in all categories,” said Chandrasekhar Buddha, Coordinating Director of AICTE.

In addition, the three- to six-month courses will cater to students in grades 7-12, undergraduates, and graduates or working professionals. According to the body, the course programs are designed keeping in mind the three categories of learners – basic level for students, advanced and expert level for the rest. The skills platform will further provide internship and apprenticeship opportunities for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals from partner companies, he said.

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