Software developing company SAP India announces its partnership with tech giant Microsoft to launch a new free tech skilling program in India for underserved young women. The unique program named TechSaksham will enable many underprivileged women to build their careers in the field of technology.
The companies aim to train more than 62,000 women in artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, web designing, and digital marketing. Microsoft has tied up with AICTE training and learning academy ATAL and many state education departments for providing faculty to train the enrolled students.
Chairman of AICTE, Anil D Sahasrabudhe, said, “More than 60,000 women being trained will create a massive impact. Moreover, with more than 1,000 women faculty certified, it will bring big-ticket changes not only in the employability of graduates but will encourage many more students to start their startup journey.”
He added that this new initiative would transform the landscape of workplaces across India. TechSaksham initiative will train 1500 teachers every year, and each teacher will educate over 50 students that would result in the training of nearly 75000 students each year.
The core curriculum of the program will include subjects like understanding the application of technologies and activity-based engagement assignments under expert trainers. It will also focus on the holistic development of the students to ensure their job readiness.
The learners will get a chance to demonstrate their work to many industry professionals and government officials.
President of Microsoft India, Anant Maheshwari, said, “At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to democratizing access to technology. As we rapidly move towards a digital economy, the skills of the future will look very different from the skills that are needed today. Digital fluency will not just be a competitive advantage but a necessity to qualify for jobs.”