Indian ministries responsible for education and skill development, in a significant move, have entered into eight agreements with IBM. These agreements aim to provide curated courses that empower India’s youth with skills essential for the future job market.
The collaboration focuses on co-creating curricula to enhance the skills of learners across various education levels, including school education, higher education, and vocational skills. The emphasis is on emerging technologies such as AI (including generative AI), cyber-security, cloud computing, and professional development skills.
The collaboration extends to three core levels of education. First, IBM will provide access to digital content from IBM SkillsBuild to high school students, teachers, and trainers in schools identified by key educational bodies such as Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). This program will be delivered through online channels, webinars, and in-person workshops conducted by IBM’s CSR implementation partners.
Second, IBM will refresh the AI curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Additionally, IBM will develop cyber-skilling and blockchain curricula for high school students, which will be hosted on IBM SkillsBuild.
IBM will continue its partnership with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, collaborating with the Directorate General of Training and state vocational education and skilling departments. Their objective is to onboard job seekers, including long-term unemployed individuals and school dropouts, onto the IBM SkillsBuild platform. This initiative aims to equip them with the technical and professional skills needed to reintegrate into the workforce.