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IBM partners with the Indian government to scale digital skills training in India

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Technology company IBM today said it has partnered with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in India, with the aim of enhancing digital skills training across the nation.

The company will focus on emerging technologies

According to the company's statement, The partnership will emphasize the co-creation of curriculum and will grant access to IBM’s learning platform, IBM SkillsBuild.

The platform will offer training on emerging technologies such as AI, including generative AI, cybersecurity, and cloud computing, along with professional development skills. The training will be available to learners across school education, higher education, and vocational skills sectors, the release notes.


“IBM’s collaboration with MoE and MSDE ushers in a new era of opportunities in our rapidly evolving digital landscape. We aim to empower India’s youth with the essential skills and knowledge to thrive in the digital age, encompassing cutting-edge technologies like AI and cloud computing," said Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India/South Asia.

Sandip said the company is dedicated to fostering a well-rounded approach to skill development and creating a more versatile and adaptable workforce. 

Who will benefit from this collaboration?

The partnership will benefit learners across school education, higher education, and vocational skills sectors. The company would provide training to high school students, teachers, trainers, job seekers, including the long-term unemployed and school dropouts, and faculty and students of higher education.

IBM will offer digital content from IBM SkillsBuild to high school students, teachers, and trainers in schools identified by several national educational bodies. 

The program will be available online, via webinars, and through in-person workshops. IBM will also update the AI curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 and develop a cyber skilling and blockchain curriculum to be hosted on IBM SkillsBuild. 

IBM said it will partner with various national and state educational and technical institutions to onboard students and faculty to IBM SkillsBuild, providing access to digital content and experiential learning.

The company would also extend its partnership with MSDE to work with the Directorate General of Training (DGT) and respective state vocational education and skilling departments to onboard job seekers, including long-term unemployed and school dropouts, to IBM SkillsBuild.

What is the aim of the partnership?

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, emphasized the importance of equipping the youth with necessary skills to excel in the modern workforce and expressed hope that this collaboration would mark a significant stride toward realizing the vision of a ‘Skilled India’. 

"This collaboration marks a significant stride toward our vision of a ‘Skilled India’ and in scaling up digital skills training and skill building in emerging technologies using IBM SkillsBuild platform.” Pradhan said.

The growth of education focused on technology, digital, and emerging new short-term skills courses is a strategic imperative for the Government, industry, and academia.

A recent study by IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV), the Augmented work for an automated, AI-driven world, states that surveyed executives in India estimate that implementing AI and automation will require more than 40% of their workforce to reskill over the next three years.

IBM said it aims to open technological resources and expertise to enable youth and job seekers to gain the technical and professional skills required to join or re-enter the workforce. 

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