IBM today announced its collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to offer free digital skills training to learners in India.
As part of the collaboration with NSDC, IBM will curate online courses from its Open P-TECH platform. These courses are then offered to users for free through NSDC’s eSkill India portal.
“As part of the partnership, the Open P-TECH platform offers courses to develop soft skills, interpersonal skills, and problem solving – a set of 11 key competencies that are generally not available in a college curriculum, but are highly sought after and valued the job market, ”the company said in its official press release.
The tech major will catalog over 30 Open P-TECH courses on the eSkill India portal with over 60 hours of study time as a knowledge partner for learners aged 18-22 for free.
This includes courses on technologies such as cybersecurity, blockchain, AI and machine learning, cloud, Internet of Things, and specialist skills such as design thinking.
The online education platform, currently only available in English, will soon be open in over 10 Indian languages including Hindi, followed by Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Urdu and Bengali.
While studying these courses, students can earn and share industry-backed “digital badges” and add them to their resumes.
Dr. Manish Kumar, MD and CEO of National Skill Development Corporation said, “The power of technology should be harnessed to reach the youth with scalability and quality. Online training via digital platforms such as Open P-TECH and eSkill India must be accelerated to overcome geographic and socio-economic barriers. Digital learning will enable greater participation of women in the workforce as the scope for employability increases. Overall, digital learning will improve employment and livelihood prospects for youth. “
“As the pandemic accelerates the digital transition, there must be new forms of learning if we want to teach young learners technical and market-related skills. Our collaboration with NSDC is an important milestone in equipping the next generation with digital skills. Open P-TECH will make basic learning in emerging technologies and professional skills more accessible to young people, ”said Sandip Patel, Managing Director of IBM India / South Asia.