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Ministry of skills development joins hands with Microsoft and NASSCOM for digital learning content at ITIs

The Directorate General of Training (DGT), underthe ministry of skills developmentand entrepreneurship, has joined hands with Microsoft andNASSCOM Foundationto providedigital learning contentfor students at industrial training institutes (ITIs).

Nearly 1,20,000 students in around 3000 ITIs across India can be benefited by this digitized e-learning module via the Bharatskills portal, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

“Through the DGT-Microsoft partnership, we are aiming to impact thousands of students by enabling digitization in education and hope it will reach more students and teachers soon,” skills minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said. “As the pandemic is a compelling fast-track digital transition, these new learning initiatives will empower young learners with technical and market-oriented skills,” minister Pandey said.

DGT in the last two years has collaborated with many digital industry front liners like IBM India, SAP India, Cisco Systems India, Accenture Solutions and Quest Alliance, Adobe, SSC-NASSCOM etc., to enable the students to become industry ready.

DGT is responsible for implementing long term institutional training to the nation’s youth through its extensive network of about 15,000 training institutes (ITIs) and 33 National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). Besides, DGT plays a key role in the execution of vocational training schemes and in making ‘Skill India’ dream become a reality.

The ministry has launched an online learning platform called the Bharatskills in October 2019, which is a central repository for skills, providing easy access for the trainees and trainers of the ITI ecosystem.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic scenario, the usage of Bharatskills learning platform has increased multifold from around 90,000 users in March 2020 to more than 16.55 lakh users having accessed the portal as on date, the ministry claimed.
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