Microsoft and NASSCOM to skill 30,000 Telangana youth in Artificial Intelligence

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The programme helps students enhance their employability by acquiring the skills that the industry requires.

The Telangana government on Thursday, November 12, launched the ambitious March to Million initiative aimed at skilling one million youth in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 2021.

The programme to be implemented by Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), along with Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) in association with Microsoft and Nasscom FutureSkills will train 30, 000 youths in the state.

The sessions will commence from November 23. AI Classroom Series course introduces students to the concepts of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science. It helps students enhance their employability by acquiring the skills that the industry requires.

Minister for IT K. T. Rama Rao, who had announced 2020 to be the year of Artificial Intelligence said; "the industry today, irrespective of the domain, requires smart technology-backed solutions that reduce resource utilisation and enhance productivity. We need the youth of Telangana to be skilled in these areas. I am glad that TASK and TSCHE have partnered for this initiative. The students of our state must make use of this opportunity to skill themselves in these emerging technologies," said a TASK release.

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Department of ITE&C, said that initiatives such as this will help upgrade the talent pool in schools and enhance Telangana’s appeal to global organisations for making investments.

Speaking about the initiative, Sri Shrikant Sinha, CEO of TASK, said that the course will be a combination of self-learning modules, hands-on workshops, live demos and virtual instructor-led classes by experts from Microsoft and NASSCOM, followed by an assignment and finally certification from Microsoft and NASSCOM. The course is open to students of all streams, he added.

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India, said, "The digital transformation of India is driving demand for tech-enabled jobs across every industry and with it the need for digital skills. Technologies like AI are becoming enablers for every business today, making the need for creating an AI ready ecosystem vital for India's economic and social value creation. We are committed to empowering learners across the country to skill them in AI and partner in the journey to thrive in a digital future"

The IT exports in Telangana rose by 18 percent in 2019 – 20, propelling the state to the second position in India based on IT exports. The March to Million project is another major step towards creating an AI-ready talent pool in Telangana, thereby strengthening the IT ecosystem in the state (with agency inputs)

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