NSDC Partners with TCS to boost Skill India Mission

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New Delhi: National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has announced its association with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, to leverage the Learning and Assessment platform of TCS iON to provide speed and scale in skilling initiatives.

NSDC and TCS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance NSDC’s skill development and capacity building initiatives such as National Occupation Standards (NOS), Qualification Packs and Curriculum. With an objective to strengthen skilling outcomes through digital technology, TCS iON, through its Learning and Assessment platform, will help in developing a framework and integrating these resources. TCS will bring iON platform – the ‘Phygital’ (Physical Assets integrated with Digital platforms) delivery model and its large partner ecosystem to the engagement.

Announcing the association, Mr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “Today’s skilling environment needs digital impetus to achieve volume and speed. Our partnership with reputed organisations such as TCS is a step towards accelerating the Skill India Mission. TCS, with its proven expertise in creating growth and transformation by leveraging technology, will support us to deliver impact at scale, which is directed towards making skilling progressive and inclusive for the country.”

Mr. V. Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON said, “TCS is proud to partner with NSDC and participate in the mission of skill development of youth in the country. We have heavily invested in large-scale platforms, content, process and infrastructure to deliver value to the youth of this country in a unique ‘Phygital’ delivery model. We believe, this will help to redefine the country’s skill mission for scale at speed.”

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), working under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, has been driving the national skill development mission – the Skill India Mission. NSDC is mandated to fulfil the growing need in India for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills.

Over the last few years, TCS iON – a strategic business unit of TCS has invested in high scale robust learning, assessment and certification platform along with a countrywide infrastructure to deliver learning and computer-based tests at scale. A large partner eco-system with last mile training partners along with corporates from the industry provides a unique ability to deliver skills in a “Phygital Model”.

Enabling employment for the skilled youth is another area of focus for this partnership. TCS iON’s skill assessment products – #Cert-n-Edge (https://learning.tcsionhub.in/LLL/he/certnedge) powered by the LLL (Learning Life Long) initiative will help a large number of youth gainfully employed in several companies across the country. Youth can demonstrate their knowledge and their skills in a 2-part assessment program offered by #Cert-n-Edge. This assessment report will be jointly issued by TCS and NSDC and will be aligned to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).