SAP India and Microsoft to train 62,000 women in emerging technology

Bengaluru: technology majors SAP India and Microsoft Thursday launched a joint skills program, TechSaksham, to empower young female students from disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in technology. Through this joint initiative, 62,000 female students will become proficient in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, web design and digital marketing.

The program will partner with the AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) academy and education departments of state colleges to support the professional development of the faculty at participating institutes. In its first year of implementation, the initiative will train 1,500 teachers and each trained faculty will be equipped to support more than 50 students in one year, impacting 60,000-75,000 students.

This program, a joint pan-Indian initiative, will be implemented by the Edunet Foundation, which will develop future-proof skills among young women graduates in science, engineering, computer applications and vocational training.

The program provides a core curriculum to understand the application of technology and activity-based assignments to implement the skills under expert mentors, ensuring job readiness. Students will also have the opportunity to showcase their work to business leaders and experts from local industries, helping to make early connections to industrial ecosystems.

“We have always been at the forefront of promoting digital inclusion and equality across India through our flagship programs such as Code Unnati, where we have helped more than 1.8 million adolescents and children. Our partnership with Microsoft is an extension of this vision as we focus on equipping our country’s young women with skills in emerging technologies such as AI and cloud computing, enabling them to be part of the future-proof workforce,” said Kulmeet Bawa, president and director, SAP Indian Subcontinent.

Microsoft is deeply committed to democratizing access to technology, said Anant Maheshwari, president of Microsoft India. “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. This requires a huge effort to master the talent and workforce of India. Our partnership with SAP reflects our commitment to strengthening the skills ecosystem and closing the digital skills gap,” he said.

During and after the first year of program implementation, selected teachers and institutes will be identified to establish a hub in each target geography. In the following years, these nodal centers will reach the regional institutions and motivate students and teachers to participate in the program.

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