PM Modi Launches Nasscom FUTURESKILLS Platform to Upskill 4 million IT Proffessionals in India

Published Date - 21 February 2018 01:52:51 Updated Date - 21 February 2018 01:53:37

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched Nasscom’s Future Skills platform that seeks to initially upskill 40 lakh IT employees and prospective job seekers in eight emerging technologies that could drive IT jobs in the future.

These technologies include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotic process automation, internet of things, big data analytics, 3D printing, cloud computing, social and mobile. Nasscom has also identified 55 job roles that are going to be in high demand globally.

Addressing the Nasscom India Leadership Forum (NILF) and World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT) through a video link, Modi said the initiative will help the country maintain its competitive edge in the IT space.

Over 2,000 delegates from 30 countries are attending the three-day conference. While NILF is happening outside Mumbai for the first time, the WCIT, in its 40-year history, is being held in India for the first time.

Listing the Centre’s digital governance initiatives, Modi said linking 32 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts of the poor with Aadhaar and mobile with direct benefits of welfare measures had saved ₹57,000 crore.

While the online agriculture market e-NAM covered 66 lakh farmers in 470 agriculture markets, digital payments platform BHIM has registered transactions worth ₹15,000 crore, he added.

The Centre later signed an agreement with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) to support the Future Skills platform.

 

PM Narendra Modi has unveiled FUTURESKILLS Platform during the inaugural session of World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018. Subsequently National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has developed this portal in order to upskill 2 million existing IT employees and skilling another 2 million potential employees and students over next few years.

FUTURESKILLS is going to upskill the technology professionals in India and focuses on creating skills for future jobs in India. This platform aims at digital empowerment of youth and is major initiative towards “Digital India”.

NASSCOM and Central government will work together for skilling and reskilling of young people and thus contributing towards Digital Inclusion.

FUTURESKILLS Platform – Skill Development Technologies

NASSCOM platform will provide skill development training in 8 various technologies which are specified as follows:-

List of Skill Development Technologies

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Virtual Reality (VR)

Robotic Process Automation

Internet of Things

Big Data Analytics

3D Printing

Cloud Computing

Social and Mobile

PM Modi has applauded this initiative of training approx. 4 million existing and potential employees.

FUTURESKILLS Platform – Details

Below are the important features and highlights of this platform:-

  • FUTURESKILLS for up-skilling and re-skilling of workforce in ICT technologies will complement “Digital India” initiative.
  • Accordingly, this platform will prepare talented candidates for industries and provide them opportunities in new and emerging technologies.
  • FUTURESKILLS will prepare the roadmap for sustainable growth in various fields with 3 distinct roles for AI.
  • Moreover, this platform will re-engineer education along with creation of employment prospects.
  • In addition, this platform will enable discovery, continuous learning and marketplace for best in class training providers.
  • Furthermore, candidates will get certifications for each of these job roles and skills along with customized pathways for learning.
 

A new technology destroys 10 old jobs but also creates 100 new jobs. Subsequently, this reskilling platform is essential to manage such a skill transition with least disruption. India’s IT revenue basically depends on newer technologies, so companies wants to provide training in order to retrain their employees whose skills become obsolete.

NASSCOM Signing MoU with MeitY

NASSCOM also signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to provide financial support and foster, cultivate and strengthen reskilling initiatives. Moreover, NASSCOM and MeitY will work in collaboration to provide skill development and continuous learning to individuals in IT-ITES industry and its aspirants along with employees belonging to other sectors.

This MoU will promote Digital Inclusion and thus will lead to Digital Empowerment. In today’s world, with the introduction of new technologies like AI, Blockchain and IoT, reskilling of young professionals is critical. This MoU will enable govt. to re-skill candidates through extending its support to industry and other stakeholders.

Nasscom-MeitY pact

While extending support to the initiative, Union Minister for IT and Electronics (MietY) Ravi Shankar Prasad said it is not correct to say that technology will displace jobs. “For every 10 jobs it displaces, it can create 100 jobs,” he said.

Nasscom and MeitY will work together to enable “skill development and continuous learning not only for IT employees but also for those in the other sectors”, Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar said.

 


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