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New Delhi : The Directorate General of Training (DGT) division of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has signed an agreement with Global IT major IBM where the latter will carry out a nationwide Train-the-Trainer in Basic Artificial Intelligence Skills. As part of the programme, ITI trainers will be trained in basic Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills towards using the technology in their day-to-day training activities.

This programme aims at enabling the trainers with basic approach, workflow and application of artificial intelligence that they can apply in their training modules. IBM aims at training 10,000 faculty members from ITIs across the country and the programme will be executed over a period of one year with 14 trainers across 7 locations with over 200 workshops.

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey said, ” In the coming times many more training programmes will be initiated for the trainers. These will be integral to skilling the youth with modern technological knowledge and skills. These digital skills will provide an edge to the trainers responsible for imparting academic curriculum to students and help them enter the workforce, as they are aligned to industry 4.0.”

Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship RK Singh  stated, “Programmes for training the trainers that bridge the technological gap between the students and teachers are the need of the hour. These programmes will ensure passing of industry relevant skills to students promoting better learning and better retention by the students.”

The programme was officially announced during the Kaushalaycharya Samadar celebrations on Teachers’ Day held on September 5, 2019.

IBM will provide the necessary training at seven centres including six National Skills Training Institutes (NSTI) and one Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Pune. The training content will be divided in two parts, where a face-to-face workshop will be supported by online modules to ensure holistic learning and certification for faculty members.

Each participant attending the workshop will go through a pre-assessment to gauge the level of their skills. The participants will take online courses with technical support from the trainers, enabling continuous learning. On completion of the programme, the participants will go through a post assessment, to further gauge their skill set and the level they have achieved.  Individuals completing the course will be awarded certification of participation and will be badged by IBM, according to a PIB release.

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