Reskilling India: Nasscom joins hands with IT ministry to reskill the country’s tech workforce

By: | Published: February 22, 2018 2:42 AM

Nasscom joins hands with IT ministry to reskill the country’s technology workforce

Nasscom, IT ministry, FutureSkills, Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICT technologies,  Internet of Things, 3D printing, cloud computing, Digital India initiative, Boston Consulting Group The platform for re-skilling and up-skilling of workforce in new and emerging ICT technologies is a complement to Digital India initiative of the government. (Reuters)

As new technologies and fast-growing digitalisation across sectors expand their horizons and become indispensable for professions across the IT spectrum, IT industry forum National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has introduced a platform, called FutureSkills, for skills development in eight varied technologies—starting with artificial intelligence (AI). The other technologies in focus will be virtual reality, robotic process automation, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data analytics, 3D printing, cloud computing, social and mobile. This is aimed at up-skilling two million technology professions and skilling another two million potential employees and students over the next few years. Nasscom also signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry of electronics and IT.

As a part of the MoU, Nasscom and the Central ministry will work together to enable skill development and continuous learning not only for individuals in the IT-ITeS industry and its aspirants; but also, employees belonging to other sectors. Commenting on the MoU, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of law & justice and electronics and IT, said, “Digital empowerment can only happen if there is digital inclusion. With the advent of new technologies like AI, Blockchain and IoT, reskilling of young professionals is critical.

The platform for re-skilling and up-skilling of workforce in new and emerging ICT technologies is a complement to Digital India initiative of the government. While Digital India is working on steps to increase domestic electronic production, BPO promotion schemes for employment, this platform will make talent available for India and the Indian industry to embrace opportunities from emerging technologies.”

While the MoU evangelises re-skilling by supporting the industry and other stakeholders; FutureSkills aims to charter the roadmap for the sustained growth in various fields starting with three distinct job roles for AI. R Chandrashekhar, president, Nasscom said, “Across the whole spectrum of the industry, skill profiles are undergoing rapid changes witnessing a rising demand for enhanced digital capabilities.

With this growing need we are confident that the FutureSkills platform will not only help re-engineer education and but also create employment prospects.” Nasscom has conducted a comprehensive study with the Boston Consulting Group to identify eight technologies, poised to grow tremendously, both nationally and globally, in the coming decade, along with associated 55 job roles and corresponding skills required for those technologies.

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