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Jun, 15 2019

Directorate General of Training collaborates with Cisco and Accenture to skill youth for digital economy

Along with the implementation partner Quest Alliance, this program will equip students enrolled in ITIs across India with skills for the digital economy over the next two years.

Directorate General of Training (DGT), under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, has joined hands with Cisco and Accenture to skill the youth for the digital economy through its Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). Along with the implementation partner Quest Alliance, this program will equip students enrolled in ITIs across India with skills for the digital economy over the next two years.

The program includes tailor-made curriculum with modules for digital literacy, career readiness, employability skills and advanced technology skills such as data analytics, and a blended learning model enabled by a combination of online self-learning via the Bharat Skills portal and in-classroom modules.

Nearly 1,500,000 students across all the ITIs in India can access the digital learning module via the Bharat Skills portal. Additionally, the initial phase of the in-classroom training programme is being rolled out across 227 ITIs in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Bihar and Assam, targeting more than 1,00,000 youth.

Cisco to also provide access to Networking Academy courses directly to ITI students across the country. DGT and Cisco have decided to work together for the purpose of expanding digital skills into ITI educational system across India.

Dr. KP Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “It is imperative that we as a nation adapt ourselves to the new age technology and skills which are market relevant today. Our ITI ecosystem has been one of the most outcome-based networks for skill development and this partnership today is a step further in enabling and empowering our industrial institutes with the latest in digital skilling.”

Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General of DGT, stated, “Our aim at DGT is to constantly upgrade and modernize our ITIs across levels in terms of their infrastructure, pedagogy, curriculum and technology interventions.  We are aggressively ensuring we upscale ourselves while maintaining speed and standards. This is one of our endeavors to make our candidates market relevant.”

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