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A skilling program for creating a diverse future

Monday September 6, 2021, By Diversity Digest

TechSaksham, a joint initiative by Microsoft and SAP, aims to train 62,000 women in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, digital marketing, and web design.

As per news reports, the program will focus on women from underserved sections. The program will partner with the AICTE Training and Learning Academy and State Collegiate Education departments to train the faculty, around 1500 of them, who will coach the women.

The pan-India initiative will directly train 2,000 students for employment in tech-related fields, provide them with internships, jobs, and micro-entrepreneurship opportunities. It will have five nodal centers and motivate the students with innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurial mindset.

SAP has claimed that it is a step towards ensuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

According to multiple reports, India is in dire need of skills. The three skills required are cognitive, technical and vocational, and social skills.

According to a 2018 report by the National Council of Applied Economic Research, India had about 468 million people in its workforce. The report also said that a good 1.25 million new workers (aged 15–29) were expected to join India’s workforce in 2022. Not meeting the skill requirements would mean foregoing the biggest advantage has- demographic dividend.

Skilling has become a mantra in recent times, with the Central Government batting for it, to ensure opportunity and employability. Avtar has also been at the forefront of the module by urging companies to run skilling and upskilling program, especially for women to continue in the workforce.

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