Microsoft has entered into an agreement with the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), to offer training to students and educators at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and National Skills Training Institutions (NSTIs) under the Indian government. This tie-up will see Microsoft offering a training and courses in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, web development and cybersecurity skills to almost 6,000 students and 200 teachers.
With this training, students will obtain industry-relevant skills, which will increase their chances of employment and connect them to suitable jobs / employers. Students will also get a chance to learn from industry experts and engage in deep-dive sessions and versatile projects. There will be workshops to train the teachers or trainers too so that they become AI fluent and master the basics of cloud computing, web development, Power BI, and soft skills. These trained faculty can then impart training to ITI students. The CyberShikshaa programme is aimed at imparting basic and intermediate cybersecurity skills training to students and educators at 10 NSTIs for women.
The collaboration will help nurture talent and provide Indian youth with easy access to skills that are relevant in this rapidly changing digital era. This is a step in the right direction for India to become a trillion-dollar digital economy over the next three years. This training is expected to churn out skilled youth capable of providing security and protection to the digital systems and network of the country. This collaboration will equip Indian youth with the digital skills that are necessary to ensure economic resilience and a bright future for the country and its citizens.