Microsoft-Nasscom tie up to skill 10 lakh students in AI

The training will be offered free of cost to undergraduate students

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Microsoft and Nasscom Future Skills have collaborated to roll out an initiative that will equip about 10 lakh students with skills in artificial intelligence (AI), by next year. The programme, scheduled to begin on September 21, is called ‘AI Classroom Series’ and comprises three modules, covering the fundamentals of data science, machine learning models on Azure and cognitive services required to build intelligent solutions.

A part of Microsoft’s global skilling programme, this partnership with the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) will see training being imparted via online classes, which will comprise live demos, hands-on workshops and assignments through self-learning, virtual instructor-led training and mentoring.

These lessons will be imparted to undergraduate students, free of cost, and the students will be allowed to choose from comfortable time slots, so that they can learn at their own pace.

Interested students who register, will be able to access Microsoft’s content and developer tools, and also enjoy access to GitHub’s products. On successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded participation certificates from Nasscom and Microsoft.

Microsoft plans to benefit 25 million people across the world through its global skilling initiative. The aim is to help people master new digital skills that are necessary to survive in a digital world.

With countries focussing on recovering from the pandemic, access to digital skills will be necessary to ensure “inclusive economic growth”. India desperately needs an AI-ready ecosystem for economic growth.

These online courses will be delivered by experts, including those from Microsoft and Nasscom.

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