Public and private organizations collaborate to boost digital literacy in India

India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) announced a group of initiatives to improve digital skills in the country. Involved stakeholders included India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Adobe and IBM. The digital literacy programs include:

  • DGT’s elaboration of the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), which is a trainer manual to standardize digital literacy training across all programs.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the Directorate General of Training (DGT), and Adobe to leverage “Adobe Spark” as a tool to integrate creativity and digital literacy into classrooms and curriculum. The program, called Adobe Digital Disha, is expected to support over 1 million students and teachers by 2020.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NSDC and IBM India to provide students with access to specialized and certified training in fields such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and cybersecurity.

According to the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, “The rapid evolution of technology and innovation are changing the fundamentals of skills needed to thrive in today’s digital era. Newer jobs are being created in emerging areas – bringing forward the need of youth to acquire a new breed of skillsets that will help them leverage the opportunity and maximize their own potential.”

Sources: The News Minute, The Hindu Business Line and MSDE.gov