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MSDE, IBM jointly launches Skills Build platform

The Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched the Skills Build platform in collaboration with IBM, an American multinational IT (information technology) company.

About Skills Build platform

SkillsBuild offers digital learning content from IBM and partners like CodeDoor, Skillsoft and Coorpacademy. The programme offers a 2-year advanced diploma in IT, networking and cloud computing at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) & National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). The platform co-created and designed by IBM will also be extended to train ITI & NSTI faculty on building skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The digital platform will also provide a personal assessment of cognitive capabilities and personality via MyInnerGenius to the enrolled students. They will then learn foundational knowledge about digital technologies, as well as professional skills like resume-writing, communication and problem solving. The Students will also receive recommendations on role-based education for specific jobs that include technical as well as professional learning.

This initiative is also part of IBM’s global commitment to create a job-ready workforce and to build Next-Gen of skills needed for new collar careers. The platform is deployed with support of leading NGOs such as Unnati and Edunet Foundation. Thereby, IBM Volunteers along with NGOS will offer students personalised coaching and experiential learning opportunities.

Significance

This Skills Build platform initiative will help youth to scale themselves as per changing market trends. The platform will also help students develop technical as well as professional skills needed for competitive ‘new collar’ jobs. It will also reinforce IBM’s commitment in enabling life-long learning in India and aligning with Skills India initiative by Union Government.

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Azim Premji awarded EY Lifetime Achievement Award

Azim Premji Chairman of Wipro Ltd will be felicitated with the Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award. Ernst & Young, famously known as EY is a multinational professional services firm and is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.

Motivational Journey of Azim Premji

Azim Premji was born on July 24, 1945, to an affluent Gujarati entrepreneur. He inherited Wipro, a vegetable oil company at the age of 21 after the sudden demise of his father.

Azim Premji was pursuing Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA when he took over the reins of his family business in 1966. He was written off to carry the herculean task and was publicly advised to sell his shareholding and give it into more mature hands. This further strengthened his resolve to make Wipro a success story.

Under his able leadership, Wipro diversified from hydrogenated cooking fats to bakery fats, ethnic ingredient based toiletries, hair care soaps, baby toiletries, lighting products and hydraulic cylinders.

The expulsion of IBM from the Indian market led to a vacuum and Wipro ventured into software services taking advantage. The rest is history. He led Wipro from a hydrogenated cooking fats company to a pioneer in providing integrated business, technology and process solutions on a global delivery platform. Wipro Technologies is the largest independent R&D service provider in the world and is ranked among the top 100 technology companies globally.

In 2005 Premji was conferred the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 2011. Premji has also pledged to donate USD 2 billion for improving school education in India, the first of its kind by any Indian billionaire.

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