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As per a press release last week, the Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) inked an MoU with Samsung India in order to empower the youth with industry-relevant skills in emerging technologies. The firm’s CSR programme— ‘Samsung Innovation Campus’—would reiterate its commitment to work in collaboration with the government’s mission to empower Indian youth with the launch of ‘Powering Digital India’.
As part of the ‘Skill India’ initiative by the government, the programme aims to upskill over 3,000 unemployed youth between ages of 18–25 years in future technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Coding & Programming.
“Skilling should not be just about equipping the youth with employable skills but should act as gateways to employability and employment—as their Passports to Prosperity. The more employment-oriented skilling is, the more aspirational it will be for the students and young Indians. It is the vision of PM Narendra Modi that Digital Opportunities should be equitably available to each and every Indian and efforts should be taken up not just with premier educational institutions but also with universities and institutes in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities,” said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship & Electronics and IT.
Enrolled students will be imparted with training on soft skills to enhance employability and receive job placements across organisations. They will also be mobilised through ESSCI’s training and education partners across India.
Students who opt for the AI course will undergo 270 hours of theory training and complete 80 hours of project work, whereas students enrolling for the IoT and the Big Data courses will receive 160 hours of training, completing 80 hours of project work.
Those opting for the Coding & Programming course will undergo 80 hours of training and will be part of a four-day hackathon.
In the past, the Indian government has made several concentrated efforts to focus on cultivating skills and harnessing opportunities to make India a global talent pool. “There is no deficit of talent in the country but an increased demand for talented and skilled Indians across the globe,” added Chandrasekhar.