Microsoft India has announced its collaboration with ICT Academy to launch a cybersecurity skilling programme for educators and higher education students. The programme aims to skill faculty and higher education students from rural engineering colleges in TamilNadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Assam, Uttarakhand, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.
“As part of its ongoing commitment to create a robust cybersecurity ecosystem in the country, Microsoft India today announced the launch of the CyberShikshaa for educators initiative in collaboration with ICT Academy,” the company said in a statement.
The programme aims to empower 400 faculty members across 100 rural institutions in India with industry-relevant skills in cybersecurity in its first phase, equipping them with the tools to train students. Through the trained faculty and ICT facilitators, the initiative focuses on training 6,000 students from rural engineering colleges to prepare them for a career in cybersecurity.
“In addition, Microsoft and ICT Academy will work with a strategic consortium of partners to facilitate job placement opportunities and internships for over 1,500 students,” the statement said. The programme is focused to ensure higher participation of women educators and women graduating students from rural geographies to create an equitable and diverse cybersecurity talent pool.
“Through these partnerships, more than 1,100 young women have been enabled with hands-on experience and technical training in cybersecurity with mentorship from industry experts. Additionally, over 600 women have been supported for job placements with leading companies,” Microsoft said.
With inputs from PTI.