Technology giant IBM announced on Friday about its collaboration with NSDC – National Skill Development Corporation to offer free digital training in the trending technologies like Blockchain, Cybersecurity, AI and ML, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud, etc. to boost employment and livelihood for the young crowd in the country.
Will be known as ‘Open P-TECH’, the free digital education platform is aimed at emerging technologies and professional development skills.
IBM will create online courses from Open P-TECH platform and provide it to users via NSDC’s eSkill India Portal, it mentioned in a statement.
“Online training through digital platforms like Open P-TECH and eSkill India needs to be accelerated to overcome geographical and socio-economic barriers. Digital learning will enable higher participation of women in the labor workforce as the scope for employability will increase,” commented Dr Manish Kumar, MD, and CEO, NSDC.
Under this collaboration, IBM will catalog its more than 30 courses for Open P-TECH on the eSkill India portal, with quite 60 hours of learning.
Along with online courses in emerging technologies, IBM will also provide professionals skills like ‘Design Thinking’ to learners between 18 to 22 age groups with no extra costs.
Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India/South Asia said, “Our collaboration with NSDC is a significant milestone to equip the next generation with digital skills. Open P-TECH will make foundational learning in emerging technology and professional skills for the youth more accessible.”
NSDC is offering eSkill India as a digital skilling initiative that aggregates digital learning resources through various Indian and global knowledge partnerships.
Currently, more than 16 lakhs minutes of digital courses and content across various sectors on the platform.
Launched in March this year, the Open P-TECH platform promotes equipping learners and educators with foundational technology competencies, along with workplace learning skills.
Right now, the platform is available in English but it will soon be available in different languages starting with Hindi followed by 10 different languages like Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Gujrati, Punjabi, Sindhi, Bengali and Urdu.