Directorate General of Training (DGT), under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has launched SkillsBuild platform in collaboration with IBM. The platform has been deployed with the support of leading NGOs like Unnati and Edunet Foundation. As a part of the initiative IBM Volunteers along with the NGO’s will offer students personalised coaching and experiential learning opportunities.
As part of the initiative, a two-year advanced diploma in IT, networking and cloud computing will be offered at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) & National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). The program has been co-created and designed by IBM. Going forward, the platform will be extended to train ITI & NSTI faculty on developing necessary skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The platform will offers digital learning content from IBM and partners such as CodeDoor, Coorpacademy and Skillsoft.
The digital platform will also provide a personal assessment of the cognitive capabilities and personality to the students. Through the platform students will gain knowledge about digital technologies. The platform will also help students develop skills such as resume-writing, problem solving and communication.
On the initiative, Dr.Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said, “ This initiative will help the youth to scale themselves as per the changing market trends.”
Dr. K.P. Krishnan, secretary, MSDE said “Technology is constantly evolving and making our lives easier and better. It is imperative that we make the most of it and especially when it comes to skilling our youth,”.
The initiative is expected to facilitate and support creating job-ready individuals, and equip the students develop necessary technical and professional skills needed for competitive “new collar” jobs.