The launch of Skill India Mission today marks a renewed effort to capitalize on India’s demographic dividend and create a large pool of skilled workforce in India. This is crucial to support growth across sectors and the economy, at large. The launch of a skills mission of this scale will make the training efforts more systematic and will ensure a workforce which is professionally skilled and meets industry needs. We believe that private sector participation can complement the government’s skill development mission. At Microsoft, we have always been focused on enhancing skills and competency in India and contributing towards building a strong workforce of skilled professionals. Our digital literacy, skill building and entrepreneurship programs have touched 5 crore people in 20 states across India over the last decade. Continuing this commitment, we will soon commence a large scale digital literacy project under the global Microsoft YouthSpark program for marginalized communities, with a special focus on girls and young women. This program will run across 70 YouthSpark-Project Jyoti centers and is expected to train more than 35,000 young people in the next 18 months.
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