Digital literacy helps citizens to utilise the technology around them to interact with the world and will make people more efficient thus increasing employment in the IT sector. What is Microsoft planning on this?
Microsoft India announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rajasthan government to improve the integration of technology in teaching and enhancing skills of students and educators in government colleges. This would increase the chances of employability in the IT sector as it requires a sound knowledge of digital technology.
As part of this agreement with the Rajasthan government’s Department of College Education, Microsoft will train a total of 9,500 students and 500 faculty members from 50 colleges in the state in four months.
Students will be awarded certificates on successful completion of the course, according to Microsoft India. The agreement was signed in the presence of Rajasthan Education Minister and Microsoft India officials.
Employability and mentoring
This initiative will enhance employability of youth in the state in addition to empowering them with technical education, according to the education minister. The training will be imparted to more students at a later stage.
Microsoft will also train educators from government colleges through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Program, building capacity for innovative use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the classroom.
Professional development content for educators such as the Microsoft Teaching with Technology will also be made available through the Microsoft Educator Network, adding that the company will provide free resources, tools and software through the Microsoft Educator Network, which will enable educators to garner learnings from global discussion groups and mentoring sessions.