Rising IT spending driven by the need to ensure regulatory compliance and increasing complexities of business have led to the increase in demand for skilled professionals in the sector. To fill this demand, leading ERP solutions provider, Marg, is innovatively training youths through its industry acclaimed Marg Academies under its national skill development program.
Marg Academies are spread over 21 states and 178 cities all over India. The academies, comprising of 500+ centers with well-trained teachers and excellent supporting infrastructure, successfully managed to place 2500 students in various industries utilizing its flagship inventory and accounting software solutions for businesses over the last 6 months.
Marg is due to place 1500 students in the next few months and has set for itself, an ambitious target of 1500 more placements by the end of 2018. Marg has already committed to doubling the number of its academic training centers to 1000 by the end of this year. It has a well established presence in a combination of rich states and states with great economic potential including Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Haryana, H.P, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Odisha , Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and upcoming cities like Indore, Bhopal and Nashik.
“Marg ERP provides highly trade-specific inventory and accounting solutions for the businessman instead of the accountant. Hence, our students finish their courses knowing everything they need to know to successfully run a business. There is a structural anomaly in our existing education model that does not place enough emphasis on vocational skills resulting in a gap between industry and unemployed youth. Many small businesses are restricted in capacity expansion by this gap. Because our major goal is to enhance ease of business in India, we will do everything we can to prepare our learners to become successful partners of the nation’s vibrant workforce”, said Sudhir Singh Marg ERP Ltd.
The duration of the training in Marg Academies is five months. A strong placement support system is already in place. Marg’s centers have well-qualified teaching staff and administrative personnel. There are, also, separate boarding and lodging facilities for boys and girls, proper uniforms, canteens with dining areas, recreational spaces, 24×7 CCTV security etc.
A 2016 study by ASSOCHAM revealed that 93% of its business graduates are not employable because of a lack of requisite skills needed to operate a business. Marg is an official member of the government’s Skill India and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana initiatives.
Marg is also planning to raise Rs 100 crore via equity dilution. The funds will be used mainly for expansion and infrastructure development.
Here are The Best Digital Learning Platforms for Skill Development
The ongoing global crisis has caused an enormous disruption, forcing people to follow social distancing norms while they spend days and months locked in their homes. Employed professionals had to adjust with the new ‘work from home’ routine, while many others spent time with their family members, watching television and scrolling through their mobile devices.
The new normal has not only changed the way professionals interact and work, but also the way they upgrade their existing skills and acquire new ones. Thanks to the ever-evolving tech-platforms, we have progressively entered a phase where teaching and learning have moved beyond face-to-face interactions. Government initiatives such as Digital India and the rise in internet usage has encouraged the growth of e-learning in India.
With the increase in the number of people utilizing their time in upskilling and enrolling onto the online learning platforms, here are some brands that are helping maintain continuity in learning and skill development-
Safeducate: Safeducate is India’s largest training, skilling, and consulting firm that specializes in the domains of Supply Chain Management & Logistics. Launched in 2007 by the house of Safexpress, the leading logistics service provider in India, the idea of Safeducate evolved with an aim to meet the demand gap for the skilled workforce in the ever-growing logistics of the country. The company has, so far, trained more than 50,000 individuals in India, using the latest technology, innovative tools, and by leveraging its rich pool of experienced, qualified and certified trainers and subject matter experts. Currently, Safeducate is helping the underserved students in rural areas, by providing online classes in 5 different regional languages and have witnessed more than 3k students logging every day from different parts of the country.
Skillsoft: Skillsoft helps companies unlock the potential in their most valuable asset – their people – by delivering engaging content and powerful technology that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft is offering free access to their learning experience platform Percipio for 60 days – and 90 days for students/professors with a .edu/ac.in/edu.in email. Percipio offers nearly 700 curated learning paths that are continuously updated to ensure users always have access to the latest skills. From leadership development to risk management to project management, Percipio offers a wide variety of courses, including course like How to Manage Risk and a Crisis, Leadership Development Program, and Project Management Core Concepts.
Gradeup: India’s largest exam preparation platform, backed by $10 million from Times Internet, helps more than 20 million exam aspirants prepare effectively for competitive examinations like GATE, IBPS, SSC, TET, UPSC amongst others. It is India’s only ed-tech platform which has built engaging exam-specific communities of students preparing for competitive exams, enabling students to interact with fellow peers & mentors, ask questions, share updates & much more. Its flagship offering is Gradeup Classroom; a comprehensive exam preparation tool providing Live online courses from some of India’s best faculty. Gradeup believes that in the long run great pedagogy delivered through effective, engaging mediums will bring in impactful results and that will set an example for India’s test preparation market. Therefore they have an unparalleled focus on “student success” as a tool to measure achievements and effectiveness, thereby stressing more on learning outcomes.
Dell Technologies Rolls Out 2nd Edition of Student Entrepreneurship Program
Dell Technologies has launched ‘Student Entrepreneurship Program 2.0’, in association with NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), virtually. Following the success of the first Student Entrepreneurship Program, Dell Technologies and NITI Aayog announced the second series in the presence of Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Mr. Ramanan, Mission Director, AIM, NITI Aayog and Dr. Anjlee Prakash, Chairperson, Learning Links Foundation and Mr. Alok Ohrie, President & MD, Dell Technologies India.
In the year 2016, Government of India’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog partnered with Dell Technologies to adopt Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in select Government schools across India. The 10-Month Student Entrepreneurship Program helped the top six innovations of the Atal Tinkering Marathon to transform their innovative prototypes into functioning, scaled go-to-market products across six crucial themes having broader social impact. While the final six teams of the Tinkering Marathon 2017 are now entering the world of entrepreneurs, there is another batch of young talent that is ready to foray into the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. The top eight teams that were selected from the Innovation Marathon 2018 will begin their SEP – Student Entrepreneurship Program 2.0 (SEP 2.0) journey with Dell Technologies.
Student Entrepreneurship Program 2.0 will bring about exciting changes and transformation in the innovation fueled entrepreneurial landscape, in addition to the learnings from SEP 1.0. The culture of entrepreneurial innovation is set to witness powerful changes in the upcoming year and SEP 2.0 will definitely make its mark in the world of ‘new normal’! SEP 2.0 will allow student innovators to work closely with Dell volunteers and avail mentorship to create a test bed for their innovation and collect customer feedback. Students will also receive support and guidance to manufacture fully functional market ready product to launch it in the market along with patenting their ideas/processes.
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Govt. of India “Today, I am buoyant with optimism, as I witness the promising innovations by the young pioneers from ATLs located in different corners of this country. These innovators make me wonder what the young children of this nation can achieve when given the opportunity to think unconventionally in order to combat challenges faced not only by their fellow country men and women but also by the rest of the world. As we conclude SEP 1.0 and launch SEP 2.0, I am excited to see the impact that these innovations will create in the country.”
Alok Ohrie, President and Managing Director, Dell Technologies India said, “Dell Technologies is investing in human capital which has been the driving force for us. We have always considered the power of innovation and technology to be great levers of change. We are extremely delighted with the outcome of the first Student Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) and we are positive that SEP 2.0 will take entrepreneurial innovation to newer heights. Our strong partnership with NITI Aayog has further enabled us in expanding our vision of Technology for Social Good and encouraging budding entrepreneurs.”
Mr. Ramanathan Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission added, “The aim of Atal Innovation Mission is to create over a million neoteric innovators and potential job creators of the country. Our partnership with Dell Technologies in spurring the entrepreneurial capabilities of the budding Atal Tinkering Lab innovators through the Student Entrepreneurship program gives great encouragement to young aspiring school students, while also creating a value adding recognition platform to innovative talent across the country.”
Dell Technologies’ employees have also been enrolled as ‘Mentors of Change’and have volunteered to nurture the innovative spirit among students. Dell volunteers from across the country have been engaging with students to ideate, providing technical expertise to refine their prototypes and also enhance their presentation skills.
BMU Students Developed ‘Unlock Me’ Game to Educate Users About COVID-19
A B. Tech student Shreyansh Anchlia along with the ideation from faculty members Dr. Goldie Gabrani and Nishtha Phutela of BML Munjal University (BMU), a Hero Group initiative, has developed a game called ‘Unlock Me’, to help spread awareness about COVID-19. The game serves both an educational as well as an entertainment purpose. The background music has been composed by another B. Tech student of BML Munjal University, Gurramkonda Vishal Bharadwaj. It is available on all Android phones, running Version 4.4 and above. It is a secure app and asks for no personal information to start.
The game plays out as a simulation of real-life risks related to COVID-19, such as players getting infected by coming in the vicinity of coronavirus infected places and people. Players need to make the right choices and be wary of these risky practices as they move through the game, as these reduce their health.
Through a series of events, the player earns sanitizers which act like powerups. After gaining enough experience a question is presented in order to test the player’s knowledge regarding the current scenario. These questions are solved in a different section of the game where samples of the virus are analyzed.
In the course of the game, the player also gets to learn about announcements by the Health Ministry, which also educates them as they progress through the game. After completing a specific number of levels and getting all the answers right, the player unlocks a ‘cure’ for the virus, thereby unlocking a new mode in which the player needs to deliver it to those in need. Unlock Me has been developed in Unity3d as a top-down arcade game. New levels will be added to the game in the coming months, along with an Arena Mode that will get unlocked after level 100.
Speaking on the launch of the game, Prof Maneek Kumar, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology BML Munjal University says, “In these times, we read so many advisories related to COVID-19 but aren’t sure how they’ll play out once we’re out in the open again. The game Unlock me simulates the real-life situations and experiences to help give players an understanding and feel for discriminating between right practices and wrong practices, and thereby reduce their risk of contracting the virus.”
The gaming industry in India is gaining traction steadily, with a deeper penetration of the Internet and increased smartphone usage in the country. “BMU has taken a leap forward in tech innovation to create a game that has a deeper penetration and easier understanding for the masses”, said Prof. Manoj Arora, Vice Chancellor, BMU. The development of these state-of-the-art technologies and tech-oriented studies have allowed students and faculty to explore uncharted territories in the face of this pandemic and develop ingenious solutions that contribute to the betterment of society.
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