With a shared commitment to enable digital equity, SAP India and Microsoft announced the launch of a joint skilling program, TechSaksham, for empowering young women students from underserved communities to build careers in technology. Through this joint initiative, SAP India and Microsoft will skill 62,000 women students in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, web design, and digital marketing.
The TechSaksham program will partner with the AICTE Training and Learning Academy-ATAL and State Collegiate Education departments, to support the professional development of faculty at participating institutes. In the first year of implementation, the initiative will train 1,500 teachers and each faculty trained will be equipped to support over 50 students in one year, impacting 60,000 – 75,000 students.
A collaborative, pan India initiative, TechSaksham will be implemented by Edunet Foundation, who will develop future-ready skills in young women graduating in sciences, engineering, computer applications, and vocational studies. The program offers a core curriculum to understand the application of technology and activity-based engagements to implement the skills under expert mentors, ensuring job readiness. Students will also get an opportunity to showcase their work to business leaders and experts from local industries, helping establish early linkages with industry ecosystems.
Centers of Excellence for enabling employment opportunities
Select teachers and institutes will be identified during and after the first year of TechSaksham’s implementation to establish a nodal center in each target geography. In the subsequent years, these nodal centers will drive outreach to regional institutions and motivate students and teachers to participate in the program. Furthermore, the TechSaksham will help create local community linkages and develop connections with local industry to create strong career pathways for all participating students.
TechSaksham will focus on delivering the following outcomes in the first year of implementation:
- Build skills of the future. Directly train 2000 students across India – for employment in tech related fields.
- Establish college to industry linkages. Support students with opportunities for internships, jobs and micro-entrepreneurship opportunities to 50% of the qualifying students
- Build scalable ecosystems for sustenance. Drive capacity building by training 1500 teachers and establish 5 nodal centers. With each teacher having the potential to influence over 50 students, around 60,000 students will be indirectly impacted in the first year.
- Engage in a cultural relook. Drive students towards innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurial mindset to raise students to be original thinkers who can be uniquely productive. Showcase 50 technical solutions that solve local problems delivering societal impact.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the statutory body and a national-level regulatory council for technical education, under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education. It is an apex body, responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education and management education system in India. The AICTE approves the undergraduate, and postgraduate and fellow programs under specific categories at 10,000+ Indian institutions as per its charter. There are over 7.5 million students and 2.5 million faculty.
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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 13,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian startups, businesses, and government organizations.