There is a very encouraging development for lakhs of students who face uncertainties after finishing their academic education. The central government has announced a digital skilling initiative for one crore students from class seven to graduation. Under the program students will be skilled, reskilled and upskilled through internships, apprenticeships and employment in emerging and future technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, data analytics, cyber security, cloud computing and others.
This very ambitious skilling program has the potential to change the dynamics of education processes in the country. With a focus on practical education and training, this initiative may prove to be a game changer when it comes to giving employment to lakhs of youth who knock the job market every year. It will also prove to be very helpful for the industry who want skilled labour force as successive market studies reveal that even the educated work force lack the required skill sets to be absorbed in the industry.
Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched this digital skilling initiative for one crore students in emerging and future technologies in the presence of minister of state for skill development and information Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Students will be trained keeping in view the requirements, especially the fast changing technological requirements of the industry.
This is the first-ever collaboration on a national scale between Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Skill and affiliated NSDCs, Skill India programs (National Educational Alliance for Technology) and AICTE for the purpose. Over 100+ technology corporate/manufacturing firms have already come on board on this platform to provide free-of-cost emerging technology certifications.
The world is facing unprecedented changes and there is a need for skilling, re-skilling and up-skilling the youth who constitute the core of the country. The government wants to make skilling a mass movement so that the youth don’t have to face employment uncertainties once they finish their academic education.
Hence, the government is functioning as a facilitator in creating workforce for the future as it is the right time to work with a collaborative approach between industry, academia and policy makers. Besides, India does cater to the workforce requirement of the world and this requirement is going to get larger in the days to come. It is technology that is going to enable the youth for the future. The government has called upon tech companies to synergise technology with all Indian languages.
India has vast potential in the form of its human capital, which is often termed as strong demographic dividend, which needs to be harnessed with proper strategy and well on time. Hence, this program intends to connect the right candidates with skill trainers and various courses providing expertise on emerging technologies. It includes artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, data analytics, cyber security and cloud computing. This is touted to be one proactive step closer to our ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ vision for India.
On the occasion, the government also highlighted Digital India’s vision to transform lives, creating opportunities for the youth and making India a producer of technology products and services. In the next few years, the world’s digitisation requires more and more talent. Supply chain for digital products is undergoing tectonic changes, India has a huge opportunity in building a trillion dollar digital economy as the world looks to India to supply technology, innovation and talent.
As per data from the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOSPI), the contribution of GDP from manufacturing is on the rise, making it imperative to bring in skilling initiatives that meet the diverse demands of industries. AICTE, through this initiative, will create job recruiters and skill trainers in every nook and corner of the country, with active support from the Centre. AICTE will give internship opportunities in technical fields for students from class 7th to Under-graduation through this program ‘Digital Skilling’.