Microsoft and SAP India have created TechSaksham, a co-operative skilling programme aimed at empowering young women from marginalised communities to pursue a career in technology. More than 60,000 women students will be trained in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, web design, and digital marketing, according to the corporations.
To assist the professional development of professors at participating institutes, the programme will collaborate with the AICTE Training and Learning Academy and State Collegiate Education departments. In the first year of implementation, the initiative seeks to train 1,500 instructors. Each instructor will be able to help over 50 children every year, with a total impact of up to 75,000 pupils.
Edunet Foundation will implement TechSaksham, which will help women with degrees in sciences, engineering, computer applications, and vocational courses develop future-ready skills. The program's curriculum will assist students in comprehending the use of technology and activity-based engagements. They'll also have the chance to show off their work to area business leaders and experts.
TechSaksham will directly train 2,000 students across India for careers in tech-related fields, assist students with internships, jobs, and micro-entrepreneurship opportunities, build capacity by training 1,500 teachers and establishing five nodal centres, and encourage students to think innovatively and collaboratively.
Select professors and institutes will be picked during the first year of the programme to form a nodal centre in each target geography, which will eventually drive outreach to regional institutions and urge students and teachers to engage in the programme.
Professor Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of the AICTE, stated that training over 60,000 women and certifying over 1,000 women teachers will result in significant changes not just in graduate employability but also in encouraging many more students to embark on their entrepreneurial journey.
Kulmeet Bawa, President of SAP India, stated that the company's goal is to create a "equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace of tomorrow."
Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India added, “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. This requires a massive effort to skill India’s talent and workforce.”