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IBM, MeitY partners to equip Indian youth with future-ready skills

As a part of the collaboration, IBM will curate and provide content from its key skilling programme - SkillsBuild and STEM for Girls

Thursday November 26, 2020 10:28 PM, IANS

IBM MeitY Deal

New Delhi: IBM India on Thursday said it has collaborated with the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to create a robust education and skilling ecosystem that creates critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and next generation innovators through the Common Services Centre Academy.

As part of the partnership, CSC Academy - part of Common Services Centre (CSC) scheme of India's flagship Digital India programme -- and IBM will foster the capability and development of learners with diverse backgrounds and educational needs.

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They will extensively use technology, teaching and delivering of specialised courses / training programmemes in areas including Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to train learners such as village level entrepreneurs, functionaries and stakeholders of the CSC programme.

As a part of the collaboration, IBM will curate and provide content from its key skilling programme - SkillsBuild and STEM for Girls -- to be used for the training services and in community development programme that is currently being conducted across the 6,000 CSC Academies.

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"This collaboration with IBM aligns with the National Education Policy's emphasis on learning 21st century skills to ensure the future-readiness of India's youth and realising the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat," Dinesh Tyagi, Managing Director, CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd., said in a statement.

As India moves into post-Covid industry transformation, there is a huge requirement of skilled manpower in futuristic technologies like computer-aided design, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, image processing, Internet of Things (IoT), data science, cloud computing, blockchain, etc.

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"Exponential technologies like AI and Hybrid Cloud can drive path-breaking innovations and fuel the nation's digital India vision. To make this a reality there is a need to create the right avenues and platforms for learners to be equipped with industry-ready skills," said Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India/South Asia.

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