Current Affairs PDF

Microsoft India and NSDC Collaborates to Empower over 1 lakh Underserved Young Women in India with Digital skills

AffairsCloud YouTube Channel - Click Here

AffairsCloud APP Click Here

Microsoft and NSDC Join Hand To Offer Digital Skills to 1 Lakh WomenOn October 28, 2020 Microsoft India Private Limited, a subsidiary of American software company Microsoft Corporation, has collaborated with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to skill over 1 lakh underserved women in India with digital skills over the next 10 months.

Key Info

Under the partnership, eSkill India, the digital skilling initiative of NSDC will support to build the reach of the initiative through its skilling ecosystem, that include sector skill councils, training partners, and training centres.

About the partnership

General Info

The partnership focuses to enhance women participation by equipping underserved young women from rural communities with the skills needed to prosper in the digital economy.

70 hours of course content

As part of the collaboration over 70 hours of course content will be provided in free of cost, covering topics like digital literacy, boosting employability, nano entrepreneurship and communication skills.

Live training sessions

Inorder to help create opportunities for young girls and women, especially for first time job seekers and those whose jobs are affected  by COVID-19, the program will will curate a series of live training sessions and digital skilling drives

MCT Platform

iThe training sessions will be provided through the Microsoft Community Training (MCT) platform.

ii.MCT platforms allow trainees to access content that is already available on MCT and  provide a forum to engage with peers.

Joint e-certificate

On completion of the course, an e-certificate will be awarded jointly by Microsoft and NSDC.

20,000 young women Selected by NSDC

Further, 20,000 young women from regions with minimal female labor force participation will be selected by NSDC and skilled through a dedicated skills for employability training program for employment in IT/IT-enabled job roles.


i.The partnership of Microsoft with NSDC is an extension of global skilling initiative of Microsoft to help 25 million people across the world to acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy

ii.It is also part of the ongoing commitment of Microsoft India to support young women for a career in technology.

Recent Related News:

i.On 21st August 2020, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) announced its collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation(NSDC) to offer a free digital education platform on emerging technologies and professional skill development and to equip the next generation with digital skills.

ii.On September 08, 2020 National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and LinkedIn announced a partnership to provide access to free learning resources for imparting digital skills to youth for enhancing employability.

About Microsoft India Private Limited:
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
President– Anant Maheshwari

About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC):
MD & CEO– Manish Kumar
Headquarters– New Delhi, India