Crossing the Digital Chasm with Code Unnati

#IAmNewIndia is our collective vision to create an inclusive nation, driven by the strength and aspirations of Indian citizens. This vision for New India is being backed by trends such as rapid urbanization, favorable demographics and inclusive pro-development policies.

With these favorable tailwinds, India could become the third-largest knowledge economy in the world by 2030.


“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

— JFK


The evolution of business models of Indian companies has given us a glimpse into the future of this New India, which will be powered by the digital paradigm. New-age Indian enterprises have leveraged models such as social networks, e-marketplaces and aggregators to change the traditional ways of doing business. The future opportunity to leverage digital and drive similar innovation across sectors is even bigger; however, to do so, concrete measures need to be taken to bridge the existing digital skill gap in India. Only 10% of our population is currently digitally literate, whereas employers’ skill requirements are rapidly changing towards digital. There is an immediate need to accelerate digital skill development in our county.

History has proved time and again that revolutions come about when people unite to be the change that they want to see. This is the time for corporate India to come together and collaborate to address the digital skill gap, and help the nation achieve its vision of digital literacy and to create new employment opportunities.

SAP India’s contribution in this area is Code Unnati, a holistic private sector partnership model to help digitally educate and absorb citizens into India’s emerging knowledge economy. “Unnati” in Sanskrit means prosperity or progress. Today, progress goes hand-in-hand with digitalization. This initiative aspires to enhance the employability of our present and future generations, allowing them to become productive members of our rapidly growing knowledge economy. The program will operate at four levels and will aim to digitally skill our youth and women, children and adolescents, differently abled citizens, and rural communities.

SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve peoples’ lives. It is our enduring cause, our higher purpose. Together, let us gear up to be the agents of change and transform India into a society where digital literacy becomes synonymous with literacy.


This story originally appeared on LinkedIn.