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Nasscom to skill 2 million people

An online platform to impart skills for IT industry workforce in eight technologies, starting with Artificial Intelligence, of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) was launched at the World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT) in the city on Monday.

Virtual Reality (VR), Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Social and Mobile are the other focus technologies under the FutureSkills platform unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his inaugural address to the WCIT through video conferencing.

The initiative of the Nasscom is aimed at “up-skilling 2 million technology professionals and skilling another 2 million potential employees and students over the next few years,” a release from the industry body said.

Later, Nasscom also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to “collaboratively foster, cultivate and strengthen re-skilling initiatives.”

As a part of the MoU, the two sides would enable skill development and continuous learning not only for individuals in the IT-ITeS industry and its aspirants; but also, employees belonging to other sectors. Secretary to the Ministry A.P. Sawhney and Nasscom president R. Chandrashekhar exchanged the MoU documents in the presence of Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nasscom Executive Committee Member Mohit Thukral.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Prasad said the Centre was keen on exploring new technologies such as AI, IoT and robotics for empowering citizens and the platform of Nasscom is important from a perspective of equipping the professionals with the requisite skills.

“With the advent of new technologies like AI, Blockchain and IoT, reskilling of young professionals is critical,” the Minister said, adding his department would provide support to the Nasscom platform.

Mr. Chandrashekhar said: “Across the whole spectrum of the industry, skill profiles are undergoing rapid changes witnessing a rising demand for enhanced digital capabilities. With this growing need we are confident that the FutureSkills platform will not only help re-engineer education and but also create employment prospects.”

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