Microsoft and SAP India launch technical skills program for disadvantaged young women

The duo aims to teach 62,000 female students skills in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, web design and digital marketing.

Microsoft and SAP India have launched a joint skills program to empower young female students from disadvantaged communities to build careers in technology.

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The duo aims to teach 62,000 female students skills in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, web design and digital marketing, according to their joint statement.

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“As we move rapidly into a digital economy, the skills of the future will look very different from the skills needed today. Digital fluency will not only be a competitive advantage, but also a necessity for job eligibility,” said Anant Maheshwari, president of Microsoft India, in a statement.

TechSaksham will offer a core curriculum to understand the application of technology and activity-based assignments to implement the skills under expert mentors, to aid with job readiness.

In addition, students also get the chance to showcase their work to business leaders and experts from local industries, helping to make early connections to industrial ecosystems.

The initiative aims to train 2,000 students for employment in tech-related jobs and internships and provide micro-entrepreneurship opportunities in the first year of implementation, the statement said.

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It also plans to train 1,500 teachers and enable trained teachers to support more than 50 students per year, impacting 60,000 – 75,000 students, it added.

TechSaksham will partner with the AICTE Training and Learning Academy-ATAL and State Collegiate Education departments to support faculty professional development at participating institutes. And it is carried out by the Edunet Foundation.

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