On 15 September, global IT giant, Microsoft announced the launch of its Future Ready Talent program. This is an internship program allowing Indian undergraduate students to learn technology skills important for employability.
More than 1.5 lakh undergraduate students in the second year and upward are eligible to apply for this program.
Microsoft is working on this venture in the partnership with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), NASSCOM, Ernst & Young (EY), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Quess Corp, and Ernst & Young (EY).
Microsoft Learn platform will teach students about cybersecurity, data & AI, and cloud computing, through learning modules. AICTE will take care of the compliance of the curriculum with the new education policy of India.
SSC NASSCOM will link these courses on FutureSkills Prime and will ensure that they meet the Occupational Standards of India. During the internship, students will get technology and industry mentorship from EY.
The beneficiaries of this internship will get access to the Student Developer Pack of GitHub, free of cost, along with the collaboration opportunities with other developers.
Participants will be able to learn about the career opportunities available to them across the customer and partner ecosystem of Microsoft, through the virtual career fair, going to be organized by Quess Corp.
Under the Future Ready Talent program, students will not only learn about digital skills but also get the opportunity to implement them in critical projects, under the mentorship of industry experts.
According to the President of Microsoft India, Anant Maheshwari, teaching the right skills to the Indian youth will play a vital role in their future growth.
The Chairman of AICTE, Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe said that the main focus of the National Education Policy 2020 is on experiential learning and critical thinking among students.
The registration for the Future Ready Talent program will be open from September 15, 2021.