Friday, October 22, 2021

DigiSaksham: An Expansive program to strengthen digital know-how

 

The world of digital is ever-evolving and is constantly developing. The changing technologies pose challenges as it bridges the gap between education and the industry and some segments of the population remain ill-prepared to fill the desired jobs due to lack of sufficient training and learning. Hence to overcome these prominent challenges, the Union Labour and Employment Minister Bhupendra Yadav announced a collaboration with Microsoft India to launch DigiSaksham. This initiative is aimed to empower job seekers and youth from rural and semi-urban areas by imparting the digital skills that are essential in a competitive and increasingly tech-driven economy.

DigiSaksham is an extension of the government’s ongoing programmes which are aimed at engaging youth for reskilling, upskilling, and skilling, which are a must in this era.

Underlining the Key Highlights of DigiSaksham:

– Equipping youth with technical skills: Through DigiSaksham, the 10 million active registered job seekers will be able to access the training including computing and computer science training on the National Career Service Portal. The programme is aimed to impact 3,00,000 job seekers in the first year by training them in subjects like programming languages, data analytics, software development fundamentals and advanced digital productivity.

– Various kinds of Training: Under this initiative, there will be three kinds of training including Digital Skills – Self paced learning, VILT mode training (Virtual Instructor-led) and ILT mode training (Instructor-led). Among these as well, the ILT training, which is instructor-led training, is decided to be conducted at Model Career Centres (MCCs) and National Career Service Centres (NCSC) for SCs/STs across the country.

– Bridging the Digital Gap: In order to bridge the digital gap, Microsoft India has roped in the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP)-India, which was established in 1982 and its knowledge partner TMI e2E Academy.

DigiSaksham: Aiding the nation’s youth

During the launch of the event, Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav emphasised the importance of skilling in bridging India’s digital divide, placing the country on the path to inclusive economic recovery and preparing India’s talent to thrive in a digital future catering not only to the needs of the domestic economy but also to tap the overseas employment opportunities. The government is putting efforts by initiating various programmes, in close collaboration with the private sector to accelerate the transition of India to the Digital Economy. Apart from focusing on a broader scale, this initiative gives priority to the job-seekers who belong to communities including socially and economically backward classes, people who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.

Know all about National Career Service:

National Career Service or NCS under the Ministry of Labour and Employment is a mission mode project to provide a variety of employment-related services like job matching, career counselling, vocational guidance, information on skill development courses, apprenticeship, internships etc. The services coming under NCS were launched in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The highlight of the Service is that it is free of cost for all stakeholders including jobseekers, employers, training providers and placement organizations.

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