PSDM partners with Microsoft to empower states 10k youth with future-ready skills

  • | Saturday | 22nd June, 2024

In a significant stride towards equipping Punjabs youth with global competencies, Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) on Friday forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft — aimed at imparting essential skills to at least 10,000 youth annually, catering to the evolving demands of the global job market.   The MoU, signed by PSDM director Amrit Singh, and Microsoft Corporation India Private Limited, Country Head-Education Sanjay Dhingra marked a pivotal moment in Punjabs commitment to nurturing a skilled workforce. This collaborative effort was celebrated as a milestone achievement by the states Employment Generation, Skill Development and Training Minister Aman Arora, who expressed confidence in the transformative impact of the partnership.   This collaboration with Microsoft is poised to empower our youth with vital digital productivity, employability, English communication, entrepreneurship, and cutting-edge technology skills, said Arora, adding that it reflects our unwavering resolve to provide ample employment opportunities to Punjabs dynamic youth.   Detailing the scope of the collaboration, Amrit Singh highlighted the comprehensive initiatives planned for the fiscal year 2024-25. These initiatives are meticulously tailored to meet the diverse needs of learners under PSDMs purview, focusing on future-oriented skills such as cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and sustainability.   Our aim is not just skill development but ensuring our youth are prepared to thrive in an AI-enabled economy, emphasized Amrit Singh, adding, This partnership with Microsoft underscores our commitment to bridging the gap between education and industry needs.   The Department of Employment Generation, Skill Development, and Training affirmed its dedication to meeting industry manpower demands through rigorous training and strategic collaborations with leading corporations. Amrit Singh also hinted at forthcoming MoUs with other industry giants, underscoring PSDMs proactive approach in preparing Punjabs youth for global competitiveness.

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