Tech Mahindra announced its partnership with FutureSkills, an initiative by NASSCOM, powered by Edcast, a leading Silicon Valley organization for personalized learning. This is a step towards reskilling and upskilling Tech Mahindra’s workforce in next gen technologies, to enable them to deliver innovative and cutting-edge solutions to the customers.
Launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in February 2018, FutureSkills is a new age Learning Experience Platform from NASSCOM for building skills in nine futuristic technology areas and 66new age jobs roles and over 155 skills. This initiative is aimed at enabling India to become a global hub for talent in emerging technologies in line with the Digital India initiative.
With this partnership, Tech Mahindra bolsters its mission to transform into a digital organization with a future-ready workforce to meet the demand of digital services. The platform will enable Tech Mahindra to curate the courseware and leverage FutureSkills’ new age learning features like micro-learning, smart cards, live-casting, peer-to-peer interaction, AI (Artificial Intelligence) based curated learning pathways and journeys to reskill its workforce globally in next generation futuristic technologies. These technologies will range from Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Virtual Reality (VR), Social & Mobile, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and 3D Printing.
CP Gurnani, Managing Director & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “The tremendous pace at which digital technologies are disrupting businesses today is creating an immediate demand for professionals who can work with next gen technologies to deliver state-of-the-art solutions and services. Tech Mahindra has been on a mission to reskill and upskill our global workforce and ecosystem. Reskilling employees through a three-tier internal training program and partnerships with online education partners like Unity Technologies, Pluralsight, edX.org and now FutureSkills bears testimony of this commitment. We are excited to collaborate with NASSCOM’s cutting-edge learning platform, FutureSkills that will provide access to best-in-class learning and enable our associates to develop skills in futuristic technologies to excel in the changing market dynamics.”
Debjani Ghosh, President at Nasscom said, “Skill development is one of the biggest priorities for our industry right now, as it is imperative that we equip our work force to deal with futuristic technologies like AI, 3D printing, robotics, blockchain etc. As technology becomes a horizontal across industries, we are confident that the symbiosis of skills and innovation will be well absorbed across sectors, and will be key differentiator for us in the global arena. NASSCOM’s FutureSkills platform is a cornerstone for the industry to build upon this tide of new age technologies, to ensure that we leverage our demographic dividend effectively and become a global power in the field.”
Karl Mehta, EdCast CEO, said, “We are excited to partner with Tech Mahindra and enable continuous learning of its global workforce on NASSCOM FutureSkills powered by EdCast. Being a global technology leader, Tech Mahindra’s pioneering adoption of FutureSkills across the company will help co-create a powerful digital learning ecosystem.”
As part of its TechMNxt charter, Tech Mahindra is investing heavily in reskilling employees in next generation technologies like Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Robotics, and Automation, and 5G. The FutureSkills partnership adds another feather to the list of Tech Mahindra’s tie-ups with various academia and universities across the globe such as the University of Berkeley, University of Suffolk, University of Sydney and a newly established Center of Excellence’ (COE) in Canada for unlocking the next wave of digital disruptions by boosting collaborative innovation, research programs and provide experiential learning opportunities to students.
Reskilling employees through a three-tier internal training program and partnerships with online education partners like Unity Technologies, Pluralsight, edX.org and now FutureSkills bear testimony of Tech Mahindra’s commitment towards building the capabilities as a consulting services and solutions provider endeavoring to boost digital revenues in sync with changing market dynamics. More than 90 per cent of Tech Mahindra’s technical employees have undergone training in digital familiarization and primary digital skills with over 60 per cent of these people having undergone an advanced training in next generation technologies like Internet of Things, Cloud, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Networks, Security services etc.
Tech Mahindra’s reskilling initiatives also include running a program called ‘Botify’, to educate, empower and enable all employees on cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Chatbots, Robotic Process Automation, Natural Language Processing and related Platforms on Products. Tech Mahindra also has seven ‘Makers Lab’ centres globally across US, UK and Germany including four in India – Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. The Makers Lab is a Research &Development hub for co-innovation of futuristic solutions with customers, partner companies, research institutions, universities and start-ups.
The FutureSkills program ultimately aims to reskill 1 million professionals along with skilling 1 million potential employees and students in the industry over a period of 5 years.
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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