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Govt partners with Meta for ‘Education to Entrepreneurship’ to skill 500,000 entrepreneurs

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Education, and Meta (formerly known as Facebook) have teamed together in a three-year alliance in a significant move intended to strengthen India’s digital capabilities. This ground-breaking program, titled “Education to Entrepreneurship: Empowering a Generation of Students, Educators, and Entrepreneurs,” aims to provide aspiring and established business owners with crucial digital marketing knowledge. It is aimed at a mind-boggling 5 lakh people.

A Digital Transformation for Entrepreneurs

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  • At the core of this collaboration is the mission to democratize digital skills, making them accessible to every corner of the nation.
  • By utilizing Meta’s popular platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, the partnership will offer training in digital marketing skills in seven regional languages.
  • This move aligns with India’s vision of becoming a global leader in skill development and technology adoption.

Partnerships to Drive Success

  • Meta has inked three crucial Letters of Intent (LoI) as part of this initiative.
  • These partnerships are with the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
  • Together, these collaborations aim to create a vast talent pool and seamlessly connect students, young individuals, and micro-entrepreneurs throughout the nation.

A Pledge from Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Skill and Development

  • Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Skill and Development, expressed his optimism regarding the partnership. He emphasized that this initiative is a giant leap toward making India the global hub for skill development.
  • By bringing digital skilling to the grassroots, this effort aims to empower students, youth, the workforce, and micro-entrepreneurs with futuristic technologies.

Empowering the Next Generation

The impact of this partnership extends beyond just equipping individuals with digital skills. It envisions transforming India’s ‘Amrit Peedhi’ (the generation of youth) into problem solvers and entrepreneurs who are well-equipped to navigate the digital landscape. The integration of technology into India’s diverse society holds the potential to bridge gaps and level the playing field.

A Technological Equalizer

  • Pradhan further emphasized the importance of connecting India’s democracy, demography, and diversity with technology.
  • This integration is vital for ensuring that technology acts as an equalizer for all segments of society.
  • The partnership between the government and Meta is poised to unlock endless possibilities, empowering the population with critical digital skills and fostering the growth of micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Meta’s Ongoing Commitment

  • This partnership builds upon Meta’s ongoing efforts to nurture digital talent in India.
  • Meta launched the ‘Creators of Metaverse’ program in collaboration with AICTE. This initiative aims to enable 100,000 students and 20,000 educators in augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.
  • Additionally, a two-year diploma course in animation is set to be introduced in AICTE-affiliated colleges, further solidifying Meta’s commitment to fostering innovation and technological expertise among India’s youth.

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