SAP India and Microsoft announced the launch of a joint skilling program, TechSaksham, for empowering young women students from underserved communities to build careers in technology with a shared commitment to enable digital equity. The program will partner with the AICTE Training and Learning Academy-ATAL and State Collegiate Education departments, to support the professional development of faculty at participating institutes. Through this joint initiative, SAP India and Microsoft will skill 62,000 women students in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, web design, and digital marketing. In the first year of implementation, the initiative will train 1,500 teachers and each faculty trained will be equipped to support over 50 students in one year, impacting 60,000 – 75,000 students.
This will initiate pan India and Edunet Foundation will implement the program to develop the skills in young women who are graduating from science, computer applications, engineering, and vocational course to make them future ready. This program will offer a core module to give a proper understanding for the application of technology, activity-based engagements to implement the skills under expert mentors to ensure job ready. They will also give an opportunity to present their work in front of local industrial, experts and business leaders which will help them to establish early linkages with industry ecosystems.
Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, said, “TechSaksham, an initiative of SAP India and Microsoft for empowering women in India in the emerging technology areas of AI, web design, cloud computing, and digital marketing in association with AICTE ATAL will transform the landscape of workplaces. More than 60000 women being trained will create a massive impact. Moreover, with more than 1000 women faculty certified, it will bring big ticket changes not only in employability of graduates but will encourage many more students to start their start-up journey. AICTE has been constantly engaged in creating awareness and empowerment of all stakeholders to make India a global technology hub. TechSaksham is the right platform to do this. AICTE wishes the new age learners a great time.
Kulmeet Bawa, President and Managing Director, SAP Indian Subcontinent, said, “We have always been at the forefront in advancing digital inclusion and equity across India through our flagship programs like Code Unnati where we have enabled more than 1.8 Mn adolescents and children. Our partnership with Microsoft is an expansion of this vision where we focus on equipping the young women of our country with skills in emerging technologies like AI and cloud computing empowering them to be a part of the future ready workforce. Through this initiative, we aim to build an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace of tomorrow.”
Speaking about the partnership, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said, “At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to democratize access to technology. As we rapidly move towards a digital economy, the skills of the future will look very different from the skills that are needed today. Digital fluency will not just be a competitive advantage but a necessity to qualify for jobs. This requires a massive effort to skill India’s talent and workforce. Our partnership with SAP reflects our commitment towards strengthening the skilling ecosystem and closing the digital skills gap by enabling Indian women to pursue the path to success in a digital-first economy. In addition, we are working closely with the government and industry partners like NASSCOM and National Skill Development Council (NSDC) on several skilling initiatives that contribute to creating a vibrant skilling ecosystem in India.”