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Microsoft helps 3 million people in India acquire digital skills during COVID-19


Microsoft has announced it has helped over 3 million people in India gain access to digital skills during Covid-19.

Overall, the company has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills.
Microsoft is also extending its commitment to help 250,000 companies globally make a skills-based hire in 2021.

From laid-off factory workers to retail associates and truck drivers, millions of people turned to online learning courses from GitHub, LinkedIn and Microsoft during the pandemic to help prepare for and secure the most in-demand roles, including customer service, project management and data analysis.

In a statement, Microsoft Asia President, Ahmed Mazhari, “Skills will be the new currency in the post-pandemic world. Over the past year, we’ve seen the pandemic affect people all across the world, including those who could bear it the least.”

“For us to emerge stronger from the pandemic, reskilling needs to be at the center of our economic reset.
In India, Microsoft has partnered with the government, industry bodies and non-profit partners to create a strong digital skilling ecosystem in the country.

Last year, Microsoft joined hands with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in India to empower 1 lakh underserved young women across India with digital skills.

Microsoft has also partnered with the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and NASSCOM Foundation to create learning pathways for students at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in India.

To promote skilling as a national priority, NASSCOM FutureSkills and Microsoft collaborated last year to launch a nation-wide AI skilling initiative that aims to skill 1 million students in AI by 2021.

Top 10 jobs in demand in India (Source: LinkedIn data, Dec 2020)

  • Software Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • Business Development Executive
  • Sales Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Human Resource Executive
  • Content Writer
  • Campus Ambassador
  • Recruiter
  • Business Development Manager

Top 10 skills in demand in India (Source: LinkedIn data, Dec 2020)

  • SQL
  • JavaScript
  • Sales Management
  • Teaching
  • Business Analysis
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Recruiting
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Team Leadership
  • Employee Relations

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