Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled Nasscom’s ‘Futureskills’ platform for IT professionals. Modi launched the platform via video conference during the inaugural session of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)-2018 being held in Hyderabad.
The National Association of Software and Services Companies’ (NASSCOM) platform offers skills development in eight different technologies – starting with AI. The other technologies include virtual reality, robotic process automation, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Social and Mobile.
The FutureSkills platform aims at up-skilling two million technology professions and skilling another two million potential employees and students over the next few years. The programme was aplauded by PM Modi for its focus on creating skills for future jobs in the country.
Nasscom signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to collaboratively foster, cultivate and strengthen reskilling initiatives. As a part of the MoU, NASSCOM and MeitY 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.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of law & justice and electronics and IT; R Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM; BVR Mohan Reddy, industry leader and chairman of the IT-ITES Sector Skills Council; Debjani Ghosh industry leader and president-designate, NASSCOM; and Mohit Thukral, industry leader and executive committee member, NASSCOM.
Digital India initiative
The platform for re-skilling and up-skilling of workforce in new and emerging ICT technologies aims to complement to government’s Digital India initiative. While Digital India is working on steps to increase domestic electronic production, BPO promotion schemes for employment, this platform will make talent available for the businesses in the country to embrace opportunities from emerging technologies.
FutureSkills aims to charter the roadmap for the sustained growth in various fields starting with three distinct job roles for AI.
Recently, NASSCOM has conducted a 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.
The FutureSkills platform aims to enable discovery, continuous learning and a marketplace of best-in-class training providers/virtual labs and certifications for each of these job roles and skills, with customized pathways for learning.