Directorate General of Training (DGT), under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, today joined hands with Cisco and Accenture to provide digital skills to Industrial Training Institutes (ITI’s).
This program will equip students enrolled in ITI’s across India with skills for the digital economy over the next two years. The organizations have entered into an agreement with the Directorate General of Training (DGT) within the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to roll out a comprehensive future ready employability skilling program for ITI students.
The program includes tailor-made curriculum with modules for digital literacy, career readiness, employability skills and advanced technology skills such as data analytics, and a blended learning model enabled by a combination of online self-learning via the Bharat Skills portal and in-classroom modules.
Nearly 1,500,000 students across all the ITI’s in India can access the digital learning module via the Bharat Skills portal.
The initial phase of the in-classroom training programme is being rolled out across 227 ITI’s in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Bihar and Assam, targeting more than 100,000 youth. The in-classroom program will deliver more than 240 hours of training to impart critical 21st century skills including digital literacy and digital fluency skills; workplace readiness skills including creative problem solving and use of data in decision making; and career management skills including the cultivation of a growth mindset and the ability to identify and plan careers. The online module is optimized for mobile phones to enable on the-go self-learning, and the toolkit also includes train the trainer resources.
Cisco will also provide access to Networking Academy courses directly to ITI students across the country. DGT and Cisco have decided to work together for the purpose of expanding digital skills into ITI educational system across India.
On the new collaboration, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr. K.P Krishnan said “Our ITI ecosystem has been one of the most outcome based network for skill development and this partnership today is a step further in enabling and empowering our industrial institutes with the latest in digital skilling,” .
Commenting on the partnership, DGT’s Director General Rajesh Aggarwal said, “Our aim at DGT is to constantly upgrade and modernize our ITI’s across levels in terms of their infrastructure, pedagogy, curriculum and technology interventions. We are aggressively ensuring we upscale ourselves while maintaining speed and standards. This is one of our endeavours to make our candidates market relevant.”