New Delhi: In a bid to make the country a global hub for talent in emerging technologies by 2025, NASSCOM and business software solutions major SAP India on Friday signed an MoU to skill, reskill and upskill the workforce across industries.
“There has to be a big change that has to happen. We want at least 2 million people from the industry, which is half of our workforce, to be ready by 2021-2022,” Amit Aggarwal, CEO, IT-ITes Sector Skills Council, NASSCOM told IANS.
“To think of it from India’s perspective, there are about 50 lakh engineering seats and we need to ensure that students coming out are ready to join the workforce of the future. For that, there has to be a massive change. There cannot just be the government doing things on its own,” Aggarwal added.
Ninety percent of India’s population, which is approximately 1.18 billion, is digitally illiterate, according to the report “Digital Empowerment Foundation-2018” while 94 percent of households are digitally excluded from digital literacy and IT-led growth.
The “FutureSkills” programme of the IT industry’s apex body, launched in February 2018, aims to reskill 2 million professionals, potential employees as well as students in the industry over a period of the next five years. (IANS)