NASSCOM launches IT skill development platform

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National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has launched a new platform – FutureSkills — for skills development in 8 technologies.

Focus areas will be AI, Virtual Reality, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Social and Mobile.

The Indian IT industry body said the target of the program is to up-skilling 2 million technology professions and skilling another two million potential employees and students over the next few years.

NASSCOM also signed an agreement with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, to strengthen reskilling initiatives. NASSCOM and MeitY will work to enable skill development and learning for individuals in the IT-ITeS industry and employees in other sectors.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of Law & Justice and Electronics and IT, Govt. of India said, “With the advent of new technologies like AI, Blockchain and IoT, reskilling of young professionals is critical.”

While the MoU evangelises re-skilling by supporting the industry and other stakeholders; FutureSkills aims to charter the roadmap for the sustained growth in various fields starting with three distinct job roles for AI.

R Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM said: “FutureSkills platform will re-engineer education and create employment prospects.”

NASSCOM has conducted a study with Boston Consulting Group to identify 8 technologies, poised to grow tremendously, both nationally and globally, in the coming decade, along with associated 55 job roles and corresponding skills required for those technologies.

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