Free Digital Education By IBM and National Skill Development Corporation


IBM-Free-Digital-EducationOn Friday, IBM and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) teamed up to deliver a free digital education platform focused on emerging technologies and skills in career development. As part of the partnership, IBM will be curating online courses from the ‘Open P-TECH’ platform and offering them to users through NSDC’s eSkill India portal to motivate the country’s youngsters with different skills to excel in prospective careers.

“Under the partnership, IBM will catalogue its 30 plus Open P-TECH courses on eSkill India portal, with over 60 hours of learning, as a knowledge partner,” a release said. IBM will provide Free Digital Education through online courses in emerging technologies like Cyber Security, Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning, Cloud, Internet of Things, along with professional skills, like Design Thinking to learners between 18 to 22 years for free, the release added.

eSkill India is a digital skilling initiative from NSDC that aggregates digital learning resources through various Indian and global knowledge partnerships, to enable access to best-in-class learning resources for the India youth.

“Digital learning will enable higher participation of women in the labour workforce as the scope for employability will increase. Overall, digital learning will boost prospects of employment and livelihood for the youth,” NSDC MD and CEO Manish Kumar said.

IBM India/South Asia Managing Director Sandip Patel said the Open P-TECH platform will make foundational learning in emerging technology and professional skills for the youth more accessible through Free Digital Education. “Aligned to the country’s Skill India mission, we are taking another step in the evolution of our digital education approach to help the next generation of professionals have the exciting future they deserve,” Patel said.

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