Microsoft India and Telecom Sector Skill Council ink MOU to drive skill development for the Indian Telecom Sector through Project Sangam

New Delhi, 22 May 2017: Microsoft India today signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) to jointly explore how Project Sangam will help enhance skills of executives in the telecom sector and create a more viable skilling ecosystem. Announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year at Future Decoded, Project Sangam is a cloud hosted platform that leverages Azure services, as well as the power of LinkedIn, to provide an integrated mobile-first platform for skilling, and employment. The pilot is intended to skill candidates in the areas of ICTEC (Information, Communication Technology, Electronics & Cyber as related to Telecom) and connect them with jobs.

With this pilot, Microsoft India will provide TSCC a platform to onboard identified skilling partners, content creators, training candidates and potential employers. Using the platform, the sector council can create courses compliant with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). These courses can then be further extended by their partners and trainers with their own training material. The platform will also provide Advanced Analytics and Insights for monitoring and iteratively improving program success.

Lt. Gen SP Kochhar (Retd), Chief Executive Officer Telecom Sector Skill Council, added, “We are excited to partner with Microsoft in our efforts to train and skill India’s youth boost growth and productivity in the telecom sector. We believe Microsoft’s programs, tools and resources will empower telecom sector professionals with new-age competencies and narrow the existing gap between demand and supply of skills.”

Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited and Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said, “We believe technology can empower every Indian, and this MOU will take us further in that journey. Project Sangam is an important step in in helping play a role in bringing the power of Microsoft technology to accelerate the ‘Skill India’ mission.”

Sanjeev Gupta, Country Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft is committed to empowering Indian youth by helping build skills, providing access to technology, and giving them tools to support their learning. We are pleased to bring the power of Microsoft cloud technologies and data analytics to the Telecom Sector Skill Council and look forward to supporting them in their mission to develop world class skilled manpower for the Telecom industry in India.”

The Indian telecom sector is among the largest employment generating sectors in the country, which emphasizes the need for skilled manpower. Project Sangam enables blended online and offline, teaching and learning. It can strengthen the skilling eco-system in India and has the potential to benefit millions in the country.

About Telecom Sector Skill Council:

Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) is a Not for Profit PPP between NSDC & Telecom Industry. TSSC is committed to develop world class skilled manpower for the Telecom Industry – Nationally & Internationally.

  • Skill and certify 45 Lacs personnel in 150 trades, train 24,000 trainers, accredit 500 training organizations and to cover the whole country progressively over a period of 10 years.
  • Develop necessary framework for standards, curriculum & quality assurance at all levels in vocational/technical programs to meet the need of the Industry.
  • Participate in regional & International vocational telecom sector development initiatives.

Milestones Achieved:

  • In a short span of time TSSC has already enrolled 3, 64,000 and certified 2, 90,000 people in various segments of telecom sector. With a spread over 34 States & UTs, 495 Cities & Towns, TSSC today has more than 140 Industry Partners, 569 Academia Partners, 8 Assessment Partners, 26 State Government Partners and 507 Training Partners and now Taiwan as an International partner

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

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