AICTE, MoE and MSDE join hands to launch ABCDEFGHI – a free skilling platform on emerging technologies
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) have joined hands to launch a joint initiative ‘ABCDEFGHI’ – a free skilling, upskilling and reskilling platform. Anil Sahasrabuddhe, President, AICTE, told FE Education Online, “The initiative aims to provide one crore Indians with future-ready technical and digital skills on emerging technologies.” According to him, the platform will bring companies from all sectors under one roof and help fill the shortage of skilled workforce in the country.
The ABCDEFGHI platform will be launched on June 6, 2022 at 3:30 PM by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
AICTE has identified 30 emerging technologies, 55 job roles and 155 skill sets, which it claims will be in demand over the next 20 to 30 years. “With 50% of the Indian population below the age of 25, a huge opportunity for youth and young professionals awaits to form the foundation of the country’s economy. The facts we have gathered highlight that it is essential to address the challenge of skill gap in emerging technologies by making our youth digitally skilled,” said Sahasrabuddhe.
The platform will offer new-age technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as well as internship and apprenticeship opportunities from market leaders. So far 63 companies, including Google Microsoft, heroine Web Services (AWS), International Business Machines (IBM) among others have already confirmed their participation in the initiative. “We expect more than 200 companies to join hands with us in our endeavor to offer training programs in different categories,” said Chandrashekhar Buddha, Chief Coordinating Officer, AICTE.
In addition, the three- to six-month-long courses will cater to seven to 12th grade school students, undergraduates and graduates or professionals. According to the body, the curriculum curriculum has been designed keeping in mind three categories of learners – basic level for school students, advanced and specialist level for the rest. It is claimed that the skilling platform will provide internship and apprenticeship opportunities for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals from partnered companies.