Government Launches Prime Program To Train On AI, IoT And Blockchain

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  • The Ministry of Electronics and IT, and Nasscom will work together to train the professionals
  • A major part of the content will be free and some will have nominal fee ranging from around Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000

The Union government has approved Rs 436 crore for a skills development programme named PRIME (Programme for Reskilling/ Upskilling of IT Manpower for Employability). This program will train around four lakh professionals in technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT, and Nasscom will work together to train the professionals. Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister of electronics and IT, and communications said that trained workforce will become India’s biggest competitive advantage in the digital world. He added that Digital Talent Stack that put India into a leadership position in the digital world.

Skills Passport

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The PRIME program will offer diagnostics for learner preference and skill gaps. This will help to identify relevant courses, help build digital fluencies in emerging technologies. It will also offer online upskilling in identified skill competencies.

Skills Wallet

Each learner will get a ‘Skills Passport’ where competencies acquired by the learner will get accumulated. Prasad also said that each lerner will get a ‘Skills Wallet’ where he/she will get the opportunity to get up to Rs 12,000 from the Union Government as an incentive upon certification. A major part of the content will be free and some will have nominal fee ranging from around Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000.

Banking, healthcare and hospitality

The duration of the course may range from some hours to six hours or more. Debjani Ghosh, president, Nasscom said that this scheme will also open up beyond the IT industry to sectors like banking, healthcare or hospitality as all require skilled IT workers in these times.

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