Microsoft’s Project Sangam to aid skilling and hiring in India


The learning platform blends together Microsoft’s cloud technologies and LinkedIn’s job-search capabilities.

Microsoft recently launched Sangam, a skilling-cum-job search/hiring platform, which showcased its cloud and mobile technologies driving digital transformation across large, medium and small enterprises, and across government departments in India.

CEO, Satya Nadella, spoke at the company’s event—Future Decoded—where he also announced a new offering—Skype Lite—for mobile-first and mobile-only markets. Skype Lite allows communication and collaboration over low-bandwidth networks and will bring Aadhaar integration to the app, by June 2017.

Nadella introduced Project Sangam as a blended learning platform that brings together Microsoft’s cloud technologies and LinkedIn’s job-search capabilities. Project Sangam can create a life-long skilling platform for Indian workers. Nadella also mentioned Kaizala, a productivity app that helps organisations connect with mobile-only users to get work done on a simple and secure chat interface.

“At Microsoft, we aim to empower every Indian and every Indian organisation to achieve more,” Nadella said. “With the transformative power of the cloud, we are enabling Indian startups, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies to build new digital capability, find new growth and seize the opportunities ahead,” he added.

Project Sangam aims to bridge the widening skill gap in the country today. It will enable blended online- and offline-teaching and learning. It aims to connect the skills learning programmes directly with relevant jobs, by leveraging the power of LinkedIn’s extensive job-search platform.

It will also allow users to register using their Aadhaar identity, ensuring life-long access to the platform. Project Sangam can strengthen the skilling eco-system in India and has the potential to benefit millions of new skill seekers in the country.

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