Microsoft Will Train 20 Lakh Indians With Next Gen AI Skills; CEO Claims AI Will Enable $5 Trillion Economy!


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Feb 08, 2024


Microsoft has unveiled an ambitious skilling initiative called ADVANTA(I)GE INDIA that aims delivering foundational and advanced AI training to 2 million Indian citizens by 2025, prioritizing tier 2/3 cities plus rural areas in the technology democratization push. Aligned with responsible AI principles, it intends catalyzing an AI-powered economy.

Microsoft Will Train 20 Lakh Indians With Next Gen AI Skills; CEO Claims AI Will Enable $5 Trillion Economy!

Microsoft India President highlighted the program’s launch during Chairman Satya Nadella’s visit this week as a landmark for unlocking inclusive growth leveraging India’s technology talent strength through partnerships with government, non-profits and industry.

Bridging AI Skills Gap for Workforce Readiness

The move addresses urgent market needs with 80% of employees feeling their present skillsets lag required AI fluencies vital for role transformations that 90% of business leaders also anticipate due to AI proliferation across sectors. Hence accessible training is pivotal.

By targeting women, youth and underserved groups through nationwide channels, Microsoft seeks empowering broad-based AI awareness and competencies at scale to maximize benefit dispersal from ongoing AI-led disruption.

Boosting Public Sector Delivery and Non-Profit Impact

Other key focus areas include upskilling 0.25 million government officers around AI adoption for enhanced public sector service delivery while enabling 7.5 lakh non-profit staff to absorb AI technologies improving socio-economic programs impact at grassroots.

The company had trained over 5,000 Indian non-profits on affordable cloud solutions over past years intending further acceleration now. With 23,000 staff and triple local cloud regions, Microsoft eyes co-innovating India’s AI leadershipstatus through collaboration.


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