NSDC, Microsoft to impart digital skills to 1 lakh youth in India

New Delhi: The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Microsoft on Wednesday announced a partnership aimed at providing digital skills to over 1 lakh youth in the country over the next 12 months.

Microsoft will collaborate with NSDC’s eSkill India portal to provide free access to learning resources and conduct digital skilling awareness drives, equipping the next generation of learners with the skills they need to find employment opportunities in a digital economy.

As part of the partnership, Microsoft’s learning resource centre, Microsoft Learn will be integrated with the eSkill India digital platform to provide access to personalised learning paths and resources that are in-demand in today’s economy and are well-positioned to continue to grow in the future.

These learning paths will cover a broad range of skills, from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skilling in critical technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cloud computing, providing numerous opportunities for people to reskill and upskill, placing roles that are in-demand within reach of job seekers.

“The digital transformation of India is driving demand for tech-enabled jobs across every industry and with it the need for digital skills. We are deeply invested in creating a digital skills ecosystem that prepares India’s workforce for jobs of the future,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

“Our partnership with NSDC is a strong step in that direction, equipping learners with easily accessible tools and resources needed to succeed in a digital economy.”

The partnership with NSDC is an extension of Microsoft’s global skilling initiative to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy.

“The collaboration aims at accelerating online learning for enhancing the employability of the young workforce in a rapidly evolving digital environment. With a focus on new-age and advanced skills, the initiative will meet the growing demands of our economy, ” said Manish Kumar, CEO & MD, NSDC.

NSDC’s eSkill India portal catalogues more than 490 e-learning courses in multiple Indian languages through leading knowledge providers.