Microsoft partners with Indian government to improve IT literacy among civil servants


oi-Vicky Nanjappa


Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 4:11 PM [IST]

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New Delhi, August 11: Microsoft has partnered with the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the Capacity Building Commission (CBC) to improve the functional IT literacy of nearly 2.5 million Indian government officials. The project will digitally enable them to deliver efficient and citizen-centric services to vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society, the company said in a statement, according to news agency PTI.

Under the project, training will include positions such as Section Officers, Assistant Section Officers, Clerks, Upper Division Clerks, Lower Division Clerks, Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries and equivalents at senior, subordinate and support levels in central government entities. .

CBC undertook the capacity building plans for the Ministries of Defence, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Expenditure, Finance, Social Justice, Civil Aviation, Ports and Merchant Marine and work.

One of the key skills gaps identified among these positions was the lack of digital productivity application skills needed to work on Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, at a professional level, the statement said.

“Therefore, the training programs under the partnership will enable civil servants to improve their digital productivity skills, so that they can effectively fulfill their roles in various ministries,” the statement said.

AIIMS Jodhpur working with Microsoft to set up a Mixed Reality Center of Excellence'AIIMS Jodhpur working with Microsoft to set up a Mixed Reality Center of Excellence’

Meanwhile, India is ready to roll out the long-awaited high-speed 5G services in about a month, said Minister of State for Telecommunications Devusinh Chauhan.

“In about a month, 5G mobile services will be rolled out in the country, which will have multiplier effects on the development of all sectors. A 6G technology innovation group has also been established, which is working on the development of a native 6G.” Chahan said.

He said that the government promotes locally designed, developed and manufactured advanced telecom technology, and as a result, India today has a strong 5G mobile communications ecosystem.

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